A pair of late 17thC Flemish bronze canons, with later carriages (purchased from Lord Astor's Hever Castle sale, lot 192) (4)
Lot 522W
A Very Fine Pair Of Bronze Cannon Bearing The Coat-Of-Arms And Battle-Cry 'Gavre Au Chaplet' Of The Counts de Gavre
Sold for £22,500 (US$ 37,818) inc. premium
Auction Details
A pair of late 17thC Flemish bronze canons, with later carriages (purchased from Lord Astor's Hever Castle sale, lot 192) (4)
Lot Details
A Very Fine Pair Of Bronze Cannon Bearing The Coat-Of-Arms And Battle-Cry 'Gavre Au Chaplet' Of The Counts de Gavre
Probably 17th Century Or Later
Each of tapering multi-stage form cast in relief with raised mouldings, the muzzles each with a band of decorative strapwork centred on a lion-mask between raised mouldings, and encircled by a band of acanthus behind, the mid-sections, vent fields and base-rings all en suite, the first reinforce each with the owner's coat-of-arms, a lion rampant on a shield within the collar of the Golden Fleece, a crested helm above, the chases each with owner's battle-cry in raised letters 'Gavre Av Chaplet' along the top, knob-shaped cascabels each backed by a petalled design, foliate dolphin lifting handles, and plain trunnions, in fine condition with dark green patination overall: on later well-made wooden field carriages each with cambered spoked wheels and open trail, and with iron mounts painted black (one pair of trunnions caps missing) (2)
81.5 cm. barrels, 4.5 cm. bores

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co., London, The Hever Castle Collection, The Property of the Lord Astor of Hever, Volume One, Arms and Armour, 5 May 1983, lot 192 (£26,400 including premium)

    The inscription 'Gavre au chaplet' was the battle-cry of the troops raised by the Counts de Gavre. The family were from Flanders and became prominent while serving under the Crusader Kings of Jerusalem and Cyprus in the 11th Century, and were prominent under the Spanish and Austrian Netherlands in subsequent centuries. The first to receive the Order of the Golden Fleece was Jacques de Gavre who was councillor to Emperor Charles V during the time of the Holy Roman Empire. The family were awarded the title of the Princes of the Holy Roman Empire by Charles VI in 1736

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