4 April 2003
[ARMS AND ARMOUR]. [DEVISME, Louis-François]. Armes de Devisme [cover title]. Album containing 40 original drawings depicting various swords and firearms (cased pistols) after designs by Devisme, including 12 finished color gouache paintings (folio), and some pencil tracings, and some with early annotations in French. Mostly French, 19th century. 2o. Full decorated green sheep, binders ticket on inside front cover which reads "Victor Roumestant jeune Paris (worn).
Louis-François Devisme, gunmaker and inventor, is recorded in Paris between 1843 and 1870, first at 12 rue de Helder and then (ca 1850) at 36 Boulevard des Italiens. He is remembered today principally for the highly decorated pieces produced for a succession of Paris Exhibitions, and for the Great Exhibition in London in 1851 at Crystal Palace, for which he was awarded numerous medals. He ranks as one of the most accomplished of the 19th-century Parisian makers. See lot 517.
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