An Ivory Diptych dial, Spanish/Italian C 1600. This dial has simple geometrical decoration on the borders of its ivory leaves, but its compass card is finely painted in blue, green and red. A fleur-de-lis marks the north, and the needle is also finely made. Painted compass cards were typical of Spanish and Italian dials hence the attribution of this example. The rest of the decoration is very simple and geometrical.
Measuremens 6,5 x 7 x 2,2 cm and in perfect condition.
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Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.