The Wallace Collection

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Case for a hunting horn
  • Case for a hunting horn
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • 18th century
  • Iron and paint
  • Diameter: 55.8 cm
  • A1335
  • European Armoury III
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  • Case for a hunting horn, made of iron painted black. A lid with a lock fills the mouth of the horn, which is coiled to pass round the body. Attached to it is an iron chain of twelve heavy links.

    French, 18th century.

    Previous used as the case for the Horn of St. Hubert, long preserved in the chapel of St. Hubert at Chauvirey-le-Châtel (Haute-Saône), and purchased by Sir Richard Wallace from the Comte de Scey in 1879 for 15,000 francs, plus a bonus of another 1,000, with Charles Yriarte as intermediary. The horn itself is believed to have been presented to the chapel by Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, but the iron case was probably made for it at a much later date by the village blacksmith (see Mann, Burlington Magazine, XCII (June, 1950), pp. 161-5). The horn is inv. no. III J 499 of the Collection.