The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Burgonet
  • Circle of Filippo Negroli (active between: 1532 - 1551) , Armourer
  • Italy
  • mid 16th century
  • Low-, medium-carbon steel and copper alloy, embossed
  • Weight: 1.8 kg
  • A106
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • This boldly-embossed ‘parade’ helmet, finely sculpted in steel (probably originally heat-blued since no traces of gilding can be found), was made by an unknown master-craftsman probably in northern Italy; no other work quite like it has been identified, although in skill and confidence it ranks with the products of the Negroli family of Milan, perhaps the finest craftsmen of their era in Italy. A pair of cheek-pieces in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, appear to belong with the helmet; since they are known to have come from the old Medici armoury, it is likely that it too may have a Medici provenance.