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    Sale 7643

    Fine Sporting Guns and Rifles

    21 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 59

    AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE PAIR OF 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUNS MAGNIFICENTLY ENGRAVED AND DECORATED BY LOVENBERG, NO. 11303/4

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    AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE PAIR OF 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUNS MAGNIFICENTLY ENGRAVED AND DECORATED BY LOVENBERG, NO. 11303/4
    Both guns magnificently engraved depicting the Greek and Roman goddesses of hunting: gun no. 1, the locks depicting Artemis hunting pheasants with birds of prey, and hunting duck with a bow; gun no. 2, the locks depicting Diane hunting hares with dogs, and hunting partridges with a sling; both action bases depicting each goddess sitting amongst classical buildings, one ruined, manual safeties, blued articulated front-triggers, the trigger plates engraved with "Créé et réalisé par Alain Lovenberg", highly figured exhibition grade stocks, the chopper-lump barrels with matt raised ribs gold-inlaid with "Hommage a Artemis" on the no. 1 gun and "Hommage a Diane" on the no. 2 gun, the breech-ends engraved with a panel of symmetrical foliage above a border of Greek key patterning all against a gilt stippled ground.
    Weight 7lb., 14in. stocks, 27 7/8in. barrels, chokes approx. ¼ & ½ (no. 1), ½ & 7/8 (no. 2), 2¾in. chambers, nitro proof


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    Sporting Guns. Unless otherwise stated, this gun is a double-barrelled hammerless shotgun. Every gun (blue label), with specific exceptions (yellow label), requires a Shot Gun Certificate.
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    Pre-Lot Text

    ALAIN LOVENBERG

    Alain Lovenberg was born in 1950 in the small Belgian Ardennes village of Durbuy, virtually at the gates of Liège, where gunmaking has been practised since the 16th century. As he says himself, "I entered the world of engraving almost inevitably."

    He has practised the art in his home village since 1972, and is now considered to be one of the top five engravers in the world. He works almost exclusively for the gun makers Lebeau-Courally and Hartmann & Weiss, two makers whose products are of the highest quality. If he accepts a commission to engrave it will take between four and five years from the final design stage to completion of the finished product. He has exhibited examples of his designs and works internationally in Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Sweden, and the United States of America. His work has been written of consistently over the years in books and periodicals.


    Post Lot Text

    This pair of well executed exhibition grade guns, although not by a particular maker, were created by Alain Lovenberg. He received and accepted the order to make the guns in October 1994. The original contract states he was to engrave the barrels with "Créé et réalisé par Alain Lovenberg", yet in the event he only engraved the trigger guards.
    The stocks and forends are completed by Patrick Bergen at the time he was working for Lebeau-Courally. He is now Head of the Wood department at FN Herstal (Browning). The other parts of the gun were created and crafted by out-workers under the guidance of Alain Lovenberg. The end result is a truly wonderful pair of exhibition guns which unite the finest of materials with the greatest of skill.