|updated April 1, 2005|
|Clarence Mackay's Art, Armor & Tapestry|
|Images displayed below are courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|Attribution: Henry II of France
Date purchased: Dec. 1929
Dealer: Joseph Duveen.
|Here is the crown jewel of Mr. Mackay's entire arms and armor collection!
This suit of armor was purchased by Mr. Mackay two months after the stock market crash of 1929. He had been trying to buy it since 1921. It was originally chosen by the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the 1932 purchase it made from Mr. Mackay to help him weather his most severe financial crisis of the Great Depression. However it remained in his Harbor Hill collection until after his death in November 1938 because he could not bear to part with it.
It was subsequently sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Germain Seligman acting as agent for the Mackay estate in 1939.
|Armor for Henry II of France, ca. 1555
After designs by Etienne Delaune (1518/19-1583)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1939 (39.121)
|Source of purchase information here is
Stuart W. Pyhrr's article,
"Clarence H. Mackay as an Armour Collector"
and the files of Seligman & Company in the Smithsonian.