Germanic Rifle c. 1700, completed 2010, and featured in the exhibition: "SHOWPIECES: The Golden Age of Firearms Engraving," at the Alden Dow Center for the Arts, Midland, Michigan.
This piece is stylistically derived from two rifles by Michael Wagner of Cronach and two rifles by Elias Schintzel of Berlin. The strong regional Germanic features are enlightened by decoration taken from the Paris pattern books of the classical Louis XIV style c 1660-1695 which dominated much of European decorative art well into the 18th century, such as the exotic bird above the patchbox lid, the dragon finial of the buttplate, and the pierced and relief chiseled sideplate. This rifle includes very extensive relief carving, elaborate silver and gold wire stock inlay, and extensive relief chiseling and engraving on the lock and mounts. The barrel features intricate 24k gold engraved inlay and an elaborate rear sight sculpted with pierced and filed decoration.
The mounts, set triggers, and lock are filed from hand forgings. The boldly archaic "spoon" form of Germanic guard bow is blended with the sophisticated Parisian pierced and relief chiseled front finial. This stylistic integration typifies what I feel makes many Germanic rifles such a vibrant and effective form of art.