Large Horizontal Brass Sundial Butterfield-Type GARY A PARIS Circa 1750

Large Horizontal Brass Sundial Butterfield-Type GARY A PARIS Circa 1750

Euro 975

Circa

1750

Country of manufacture

France

Category: Portable Sundials

Description

Large Horizontal Brass Sundial Butterfield-Type GARY A PARIS Circa 1750.

Butterfield-type horizontal brass sundial.

The top of the upper plate is engraved with four 4-12-8 hour scales (two in Arabic numerals and two in Roman numerals) for the latitudes of 43/46/49/52 degrees. In the center a decoration of foliage scrolls with the signature “GARY A PARIS”. Folding gnomon with a bird decorated with foliage scrolls, one side of which bears an engraved latitude scale from 40 to 60 degrees.
In the lower part there is a compass whose bottom is engraved with the cardinal points with a fleur-de-lis surmounted by a blued steel needle with a brass pivot. All covered with a glass.
The underside of the plate is engraved with a list of 14 cities with their latitude and the bottom of the compass with 5 cities with their latitude.
The spring of the gnomon is decorated with foliage scrolls. Small brass baluster foot.

Case in black shagreen, purple velvet inside. Perfect condition.

Dimensions (dial): length of 7,7cm x width of 6.3 cm. Case: 8,8×7,4cm (ext.)

​​​​​​​Paris datable to around 1750.

Jean Louis Etienne GARY (from 1715-1792) was apprentice of Pierre Lemaire in 1728. He was named « Maitre Fondeur » in 1746 (Marcelin).

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