Item ref: 2418
Prince Elector Christian I of Saxony
Rüstkammer, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden
Private Collection, France
Our buffe belongs to one of the most extensive and best preserved armour garnitures by Anton Peffenhauser, the last great armorer of Augsburg. Probably intended as a reinforce for the free tourney, it appears to have complemented a helmet that is preserved in the Dresden Rüstkammer. It is one of very few elements of the garniture that no longer remain in Dresden. (Aside from two pieces in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, a vamplate is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.) Beside this buffe's intrinsic merits - its quality of form, decoration and state of preservation - it is important for being one of the few known works that may be securely ascribed to Peffenhauser.