Mulberry & walnut barometer
Lot 17
A rare and historically important early 18th century 'mulberry' and walnut stick barometer Daniel Delander, Londini Fecit
Sold for £28,800 (US$ 46,423) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare and historically important early 18th century 'mulberry' and walnut stick barometer  Daniel D
A rare and historically important early 18th century 'mulberry' and walnut stick barometer
Daniel Delander, Londini Fecit
Surmounted by three lacquered brass ball finials on elaborate stepped bases mounted on a pair of carved, stop-fluted gilt-wood columns, the throat moulding further mounted on a pair of carved pierced gilt-wood trusses over a concave moulded edge terminating in a turned cistern cover, the visible tube secured via a pair of lacquered and engraved bands, each decorated with a pair of flowerheads, the two-piece silvered rectangular arched dial decorated to the arch with a pair of birds within engraved foliage over the copperplate signature, the left hand plate carrying the seven weather predictions of "Very Dry-Setld Fair - FAIR- Change - RAIN - Much Rain - Stormy"; the right hand scale engraved with the 28-31 inch scale and marked for Frosty or Fair, Risieing (sic), Falling and Rain, Snow or Winds (cistern cover and glass tube 20th century replacements) 1.07m (3ft 6in) high.

Footnotes

  • To the best of our knowledge, this remarkable barometer is only the second example by Daniel Delander to have come to light. The other known example was sold in the Samuel Messer Collection of English Furniture, Clocks and Barometers held at Christies, King Street on 5 December 1991, lot 15. Although it has not been possible to compare the two side by side, there are many similarities. Both are architectural in design and use veneers on an oak carcass, each is surmounted by three brass ball finials and each uses columns either side of a two-piece dial with a manually adjusted recording hand. Unfortunately, the original cistern cover to this lot is now missing, but it is tempting to suppose that it was originally facetted in the same manner as the Messer example. Perhaps when it was broken or mislaid, the restorers did not realise that a facetted cover was a viable option?

    A major variation between the design of the two, however, is in the treatment of the throat section - in the Messer example, Delander has used a pair of drop pendants to bridge the junction of trunk and hood; in the current example, he has employed a pair of finely carved and gilded trusses. Trusses such as this, in carved wood or cast metal, were reserved for the very finest longcase clocks of the early 18th century. A month-going astronomical clock with equation of time and duplex escapement by Delander was sold at Christies King Street, 11th December 2002, lot 80 and it carries very similar gilt pillars and trusses.

    Thomas Tompion (1673-16-713) used trusses on several of his Royal clocks, such as the three-month 'Record Tompion' made for William IIIs bedchamber at Hampton Court Palace, at one time in the Wetherfield collection and illustrated and described in Bruton, The Wetherfield Collection, NAG Press 1981, Figure 130, a three-train longcase in Windsor Castle and, during his partnership with Bangor, the year-going equation clock for Prince George of Denmark.

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