A collection of six sun dials of Paris in the 18th century
Butterfield à Paris, 65 x 57 mm, circa 1690
A fine equatorial sun dial with original box Case: silver, hand engraved octagonal dial-plate, fine engraved gnomon is hinged and folds flat, dial-plate with set compass, the scale is drawn for a latidude of 43°,on the reverse side of the ground plate are engraved the geographical declinations from several French and European towns. Dial: concentric retrograde Roman hour scale.
The Butterfield dial is a type of semi-universal horizontal dial, which was first produced in the second half of the 17th century. It owes its name to the British-born instrument maker, Michael Butterfield, who spent his working life in Paris. The other sun dials were made by Chapotot, Delure, Langlois, Le Maire und Bernier.
Estimate 15,000 - 20,000 €
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