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This beautifully preserved cannon barrel with the Brühl coat of arms belongs to a group of decorated cannons. Alongside their unquestionable functional qualities, they also presented a high artistic level, becoming, to a degree, works of art in themselves.
The barrel was cast from bronze, slightly angled (conical), and clearly divided with smooth rings into three parts: frontal, middle, and rear. It is covered with a functional decoration, subordinated to the tectonic canon, consisting of four rings, decorated with an acanthus and a cartouche with the Brühl coat of arms.

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This beautifully preserved cannon barrel with the Brühl coat of arms belongs to a group of decorated cannons. Alongside their unquestionable functional qualities, they also presented a high artistic level, becoming, to a degree, works of art in themselves.
The barrel was cast from bronze, slightly angled (conical), and clearly divided with smooth rings into three parts: frontal, middle, and rear. It is covered with a functional decoration, subordinated to the tectonic canon, consisting of four rings, decorated with an acanthus and a cartouche with the Brühl coat of arms. The frontal part is crowned with a massive ring head, set on a flared neck, decorated with a wide frieze of stylized acanthus leaves, connected by a club motif. The middle part, equipped with a pair of decorative dolphin-shaped handles on top, has two massive cylindrical pivots on the sides, used to embed the barrel in the towbar's slots. Below the dolphins, the plot number was engraved above the front bottom ring — No3. On the top of the rear part, finished with a double smooth ring and a frieze of acanthus leaves, there is a firing hole. The back of the barrel, which is flat-vaulted, has a partially damaged rear handle, with the remains of the base with a socket and two flat circular handles, initially fixing its cover. The top surface of the bottom part is covered by a carefully chiseled cartouche with the Saxon Brühl coat of arms — an over-sized cross of the Order of the White Eagle. A pair of alternating lions, standing on their hind legs, supports a four-faced shield, covered with the count's crown. In the fields of the shield, we see alternately: the image of a crowned two-headed eagle on a dotted background (corresponding in golden heraldry) and a rafter on a horizontally aligned background (corresponding to the colour blue). The shield is crowned with three helmets adorned with jewels, a two-headed crowned eagle, five ostrich feathers, and a cannon-barrel with the smoke of a shot. The bottom of the coat of arms is decorated with a cross of the Order of the White Eagle among the stylized acanthus leaves.
The barrel was probably cast in Dresden's bell foundry, in 1738—1748, commissioned by Count Henry Brühl, a Saxon politician, adviser to King August II and August III — probably to commemorate an important event — which could be the receiving of the title of count in 1737 or achieving the highest sovereign dignity of prime minister in December 1746. It probably belonged to a series of four vivat cannons (No3), made for the ornamentation of the Brühl family and used in particularly solemn moments. It is one of two identical specimens preserved in Polish museums. The second copy (No1), being in a much worse condition, is in the collection of the Museum of Arms in Kołobrzeg.

Elaborated by Aleksandra Radwan (Historical Museum of the City of Kraków), © all rights reserved

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