The artistry of embellishing firearms is one of the most challenging of all artistic endeavors, with a rich history that reaches back to the Medieval and Renaissance eras. The design process involves collaboration among sculptors of steel and wood, goldsmiths, silversmiths and engravers. These talented artisans create mythological, hunting and wildlife scenes that are framed and enhanced by ornamental designs on what have been described as “miniature canvases.”
Some of the firearms on loan have never-before-been seen by the public. They are drawn from the Robert M. Lee Collection, known to an international community of enthusiasts as the finest firearm collection in the world.