Exceptional flintlock shotgun of the Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Charles I (1713-1780), work of the harquebusier Sebastian HAUSCHKA.
Long rifled barrel, with sides, damascus, with rise and point of sight, signed on the upper side "SEBASTIAN HAUSCHKA 1737", engraved with a gold background of a medallion with the Brunswick horse surmounted by the motto of the duchy "NUNQUAM RETROR", a trophy of arms on a bundle of flags and inlaid with silver scrolls surrounding a putti sounding a hunting horn.
Breech tail engraved with foliated scrolls.
Platinum and flat-bodied dog, richly chased with gold backgrounds, antique goddesses, arms trophies, arrows and quivers. Panelled basin. Battery decorated with a palmette.
Trigger tail cut out and engraved.
Stick entrance, counterplate chiselled to days, moving trigger guard and gilded and chiselled brass buttplate, decorated with deities, horsemen, rinceaux and rocaille motifs.
Brass thumb piece with interlaced figure of Duke Charles I to C facing. Walnut stock carved with foliage motifs and inlaid with flowers, game and foliage in silver and mother-of-pearl.
The stock is drawed on one side and decorated on the other with a mother-of-pearl winged renown whose trunk flame bears the inscription "VIVAT CC" and an important brass motif on bundles of flags and cannon, ensigned by the crown of Elector Prince of the Holy Empire, bearing in its centre a mother-of-pearl medallion chiselled in high relief with the profile of Duke Charles of Brunswick.
Wooden chopstick with brass tip.
Length: 108 cm.
A.B.E. (wear and tear, missing parts with mother-of-pearl inlays) Circa 1737.
Johann Sebastian HAUSCHKA (1695-1775) was a harquebusier of the Brunswick Court.
Related works :
HAUSCHKA's talent quickly made him famous, and he supplied hunting rifles to the courts of the Holy Roman Empire as well as to:
-Charles VI, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (preserved at the MET).
-Louis XV, King of France (Morphy Auction 2018)
Charles I (1713-1780) was Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg and Prince of Wolfenbüttel from 1735 until his death.
In 1733, Charles I married Philippine-Charlotte of Prussia (1716-1801), daughter of the Prussian King Frederick William I.
Expert: Cabinet Jean-Claude DEY
Automatically translated by DeepL. To see the original version, click