A Thomas Tuchar ivory triptych sundial,  Nuremberg,  pre 1645,
Lot 108Y
A large and rare Thomas Tuchar ivory triptych sundial, Nuremberg, pre 1645,
Sold for £15,000 (US$ 24,798) inc. premium
Lot Details
A large and rare Thomas Tuchar ivory triptych sundial, Nuremberg, pre 1645,
decorated in green, blue and red, the upper outer face with wind volvelle and brass arm and finger indicator, upper inner face with pin gnomon dial for common hours, length of day against scale of zodiac signs, three string attachment points for latitudes 42, 48 and 54, table of fifteen cities and their latitudes, lower inner face with compass rose stamped with makers mark (lacking glass and replaced needle), string gnomon dial and two scaphe dials for Babylonian and Italian hours, compartment below (probably originally for housing a list of latitudes or instruction manual) with lid decorated with makers mark and the initials T D for Thomas Tucher, lower outer face with lunar volvelle and brass disc 4 3/4 by 3 by 3/4in;12 by 8 by 2cm

Footnotes

  • Bonhams are very grateful to Roland Schewe M.A. of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg for assistance in cataloguing this dial. The museum houses another Thomas Tucher dial that includes a compartment to house a list of latitudes or an instruction manual.
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