Double plate equinoctial sundial signed Pierre Le Maire A Paris dated around 1720

Double plate equinoctial sundial signed Pierre Le Maire A Paris dated around 1720



7,3 cm x 6,5 cm x 1,2 cm.


circa 1720


Pierre Le Maire

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Categories: Portable Sundials, Timekeeping


Double plate equinoctial sundial signed P. Le Maire AParis A la pierre d’aiman ” dated around 1720.

The octogonal brass base-plate is supported by a compass and a small brass turned leg.

The upper face is engraved, on two columns, with a list of 16 cities or countries with their latitudes. The compass, fixed with two screws, is engraved with the 8 directions and the four cardinal points (N – E – S – O). A fleur-de-lys in the centre. The blued-iron needle is fixed on a brass pivot and a glass plate over all.

The undersides of the base-plate and the compass are engraved with a list of 21 cities or countries with their latitudes. The spring of the latitude arc is engraved with a leaf decoration. The brass hour-plate, octogonal, is hinged on the baseplate. This hour-plate carries an hour-circle graduated clockwise IIII-XII-VIII and subdivided to 15 minutes. It is hollowed out at the south end to allow the reading of the compass and engraved with a foliage decoration and the signature « P. Le Maire AParis A la pierre d’aiman ». It carries a hinged gnomon engraved with foliage decoration. The underside of this plate is blank

Dimensions : 7,3 cm x 6,5 cm x 1,2 cm.

Paris made circa 1720.

Nota : this sundial is described and illustrated in our book “Cadrans Solaires / Sundials” n° E18 pages 302/303.  

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Galerie Delalande Paris

After 37 years in Le Louvre des Antiquaires, the Delalande gallery moved early June 2015 to 35 rue de Lille, 75007 Paris, on the other side of the Seine River in the well known antic shops area "le Carré Rive Gauche".
Our main specialties are, since 1976, Marine and Scientific instruments, Tobacco and Opium objects, Curiosities and Great Canes.
We participate to international antique fairs (TEFAF Maastricht) and are unique partner of the French Maritime Museum.
Eric Delalande is also Administrator of the French Experts National Company (C.N.E.).
Please visit also our two websites, which are frequently updated: (French) and (English). ----------------------------

La Galerie Delalande s'est installée en juin 2015 au 35 rue de Lille (75007 Paris), au coeur de la capitale dans le "Carré Rive Gauche", après 37 années de présence au Louvre des Antiquaires.
Nous nous sommes orientés, depuis 1976, vers plusieurs spécialités : Marine et Sciences, Objets du tabac et de l'Opium, Cannes de collection et Curiosités.
Nous participons à des salons d'envergure internationale (TEFAF Maastricht) et sommes partenaires exclusifs du Musée National de la Marine.
Eric Delalande est également Administrateur de la Compagnie Nationale des Experts (C.N.E.).
N'hésitez pas à visiter nos deux sites internet fréquemment mis à jour : (Français) and (Anglais).

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