MILITARIA / LOUIS XIV / CANNONS: Proportion d’un affust de 8 chambrée pour Campagne
Place and Year: [France, possibly Louis XIV period].
Technique: Pencil and brown ink on hand-made paper, 41 x 33 cm (16.1 x 13 inches) (slightly age-toned and stained, soft folds with tiny holes on crossings, otherwise in a good condition).
A unique large drawing showcases sketches for two field gun carriers, made of wood and decorated with metal details for reinforcement. According to the forms, such as a double-bracket, which only changed in the mid 18th century, and decoration, such as fleur de lys shaped metal details, the drawing can be dated in the period of Louis XIV.
The carriers bear a similarity with the drawings, published in the memoires of a French general Pierre Surirey de Saint-Remy (1645-1716), Memoires d'artillerie, recueillis par Mr. Surirey de Saint Remy…, with a first edition in 1697 and the second one in 1701.