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2 000 - 3 000 EUR
8 000 EUR
Cimier héraldique pour grand heaume de tournoi,...
Cimier héraldique pour grand heaume de tournoi, Zimier, de style allemand XIVe - XVe siècle. A German heraldic crest for a tournament Great helm, Zimier, in 14th-15th century style. Formed as a Swan's head, accurately constructed of gesso and coarse fi bre, probably jute, over a hardened sculpted leather core, the base hollowed for fitting the crown of the helmet skull, with pairs of lace-holes at the sides, painted white and heightened in grey, the base and the beak with traces of gilding over a red base coat, and in "aged " condition throughout. H.: 37 cm - Wt.: 1095 g. Crests of this type were worn in the 15th and early 16th centuries with tournament armour, their usage also overlapping their inclusion in funerary achievements, a practice continued into the 17th century. The wearing of the Zimier derived from the earlier necessity to easily identify a knight in battle. Examples attributed to the 14th century are preserved in the ancestral von Trapp collection at Schloss Churburg and in the former Imperial collection in Vienna. See TRAPP, Oswald Graf, & MANN, James Gow, The Armoury of the Castle of Churburg, 1929, cat. No. 17, pp. 31-2, Pl. XVII. Also see THOMAS, Bruno, & GAMBER, Ortwin, Katalog der Leibrüstkammer, I. Teil, Vienna, 1976 (B 74, the Topfhelm and Zimier of Albert von Prankh), pp. 37-8, pl. 7.
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