Wheellock Rifle Made for Emperor Leopold I

Stock maker Johann Michael Maucher German
Barrelsmith I. C. Schefl German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375

One of Maucher's greatest masterpieces, the stock is delicately worked in low relief and decorated with inset panels of ivory. The largest panel, on the lid of the patchbox, depicts the goddess Fortuna or the Birth of Venus. In his signature on the stock, Maucher identifies himself as a "sculptor and stock carver."

Wheellock Rifle Made for Emperor Leopold I, Johann Michael Maucher (German, Schwäbisch Gmünd, 1645–1701), Steel, pearwood, ivory, mother-of-pearl, German, Schwäbisch Gmünd

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