Butterfield type sundial by Chapotot circa 1680

Butterfield type sundial by Chapotot circa 1680


A fine Butterfield type pocket sundial by Chapotot dating to circa 1680


6.5 x 7.5 cm (2.5 x 3 inches)


1680 -1700

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Category: Portable Sundials


Offered for sale is this finely engraved sundial bearing the signature “Chapotot A Paris”. The back is engraved with a large rosette and records the latitudes of many cities throughout France and Italy as well as London, Amsterdam, Vienna, and Madrid. Original dial with blued steel needle. Perfect condition.

Louis Chapotot and his son Jean were highly regarded instrument makers active in Paris from about 1670-1721. Louis Chapotot is first recorded in 1670 as an apprentice to Guillaume Ménard (fl. 1663-1691). Chapotot was then appointed Master of the Corporation des Fondeurs and in 1676 took his son Jean into partnership who subsequently continued the business until 1721.  They worked at the Quai de l’Horloge under the sign “a La Sphere, Paris” according to their trade card (see final image). Chapotot provided many instruments to the Royal Academy of Sciences as well as to clients abroad such as the Russian Tsar Peter the Great and the court of the Qing Emperor in China.

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