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musée des Arts décoratifs
et du Design de Bordeaux
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Épée de cour à la française<br/> &copy;  madd Bordeaux - L. Gauthier
Épée de cour à la française
© madd Bordeaux - L. Gauthier
object n°43

Épée de cour à la française


This small-sword, used mainly in court and created by an anonymous armourer at the eighteenth century, is an intermediary between the war weapon and the fencing sword.

Also named “Estoc sword” due to its capacity to come through the body of enemies, it’s a weapon but also a splendour object of the elite. Following the fashion as a costume, its elegant decorations are intended to represent the social and wealthy condition of its owner

previous objects of the month

objet n°31
Legs de Georges Périé, 1945 - Inv 78 23
object n°46
Purchase by City of Bordeaux, 1971, inv. 71.4.1
object n°42
object n°40
Circa 1745
object n°37
Circa 1735
object n°33
The second half of the XVIIIth century
object n°32
Produced between 1948 and 1960
object n°30
The first half of the XXth century
object n°29
Last quarter of the XVIIIth century