A silver-mounted French flintlock fowling gun by Nicolas Noel Boutet
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A silver-mounted French flintlock fowling gun by Nicolas Noel Boutet
Sold for US$ 46,800 inc. premium
Auction Details
A silver-mounted French flintlock fowling gun by Nicolas Noel Boutet A silver-mounted French flintlock fowling gun by Nicolas Noel Boutet
Lot Details
A silver-mounted French flintlock fowling gun by Nicolas Noel Boutet
circa 1802
No. 36, approximately 20 gauge. The 29 inch blued side-by-side three-stage barrels with engraved and gilt panels at the muzzles and framing the silver fore-sight. Breeches with gilt sunbursts, geometrics, pellets and panoplies on a stippled ground, the markings between the barrels obscured. Right side of barrels marked with the poincon of Denis Brouilly, the undersides marked Manu/Vlles. Breeches with poincons of Boutet and D. Boussavy and with two others, one LC, the other obscured. Engraved and sighted tang. Gold-lined touch holes. Gold-filled pans. Locks with roller-mounted springs and consecutively signed Boutet Directeur Artiste/Manuf. a Versailles. Swan neck cocks. Silver furniture comprising ramrod thimbles cast and chased with acanthus; fore-end cap featuring the head of Mercury with caduceus and acanthus wreath; triggerguard featuring the head of Jupiter surmounted by an eagle, the finial with winged goat with floral urn; buttplate with floral and addorsed griffins. Buttplate with provincial guarantee mark for 1798-1809 and maker's mark, a diamond with the monogram JM below a star with pellets below. Figured walnut half-stock with finely checkered fore-end and wrist, repeating borders along fore-end and around barrel tang and carved in full relief behind the triggerguard with a mythical beast's head with scrolling floral tongue. With bone tipped ramrod.
Condition: Very good. Barrels retain most blued and gilt finishes, possibly a period reblue. Cock of left lock with crude repair to neck and blackened coloration. Stock showing wear to checkering, hairline crack to right of fore-end at barrel wedge and repaired crack through wrist. The ramrod tip broken and incomplete
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Footnotes

  • Note: Nicolas Noel Boutet, 1761-1833. See a Boutet rifle in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (accession no. 36.58) dated 1801 and, by tradition, presented to Marshal, then General, Ney, which has silver mounts of the same design and with the same hallmarks.
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