German Diptych wooden sundial, ca 1760, signed and with French provenance

German Diptych wooden sundial, ca 1760, signed and with French provenance




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Categories: Timekeeping, Portable Sundials


A wood diptych-sundial made in Nuremberg around 1760 with Fleur de lys signature in the lineage of Miller family + a crown stamp.

The rectangular woodn small dial consists of two leaves that fold flat.

On the upper leaf  avertical dial, on the outer life a compass with the double signature and the horizontal dial.

The dial has an additionnal plumb. It is in perfect condition.

A very similar example is preserved at the British Museum :

For a close dial at Greenwich (number 283), the catalogue says : “the fleur-de-lys that appears in the compass bowl might suggest Lienhart Millar as a maker […]. A similar dial in the British Museum has a hole for a plimb bob and a crown as well as fleur-de-lys, in the compass bowl”.

If the Miller family could be a right indication, the true maker seems still unknown.


On the leaf IIB, a French provenance in latine : ““Usibus Andrea Orjollet 1800 phili Andrea Orjollet Stée Joaanis Bourney” ei “Used by André Orjollet in 1800, son of André Orjollet of Saint Jean de Bournay [Isère]”.



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