A 16th century style silver and gilt brass horizontal sundial and hour convertor, early 20th century,
Lot 134
A 16th century style silver and gilt brass horizontal sundial and hour convertor,
early 20th century,
£4,000 - 6,000
US$ 6,700 - 10,000
Lot Details
A 16th century style silver and gilt brass horizontal sundial and hour convertor, early 20th century,
signed C S 1565, Antwerp inspector's mark stamped on the frame, the year letter "G" for 1565/6, the silver mounted box of square section hinged to open flat with inscription around the outside INSEQUOR ET DOCEO FUGIENTES TEMPORIS HORAC HIC MEA NON FULGIT VIRTUS SINE LUMINE PHEBI, silver horizontal dial with hinged gnomon and inset compass, hour dial within which is a diaphram of unequal hours and Italian hours, mounted above is a gilt brass ecliptic ring and above this is a second index for volvelle for the lunar phase, the corners inset with gilt brass repoussee plaques depicting allegorical scenes, 7in (18cm) square

Footnotes

  • The initials "C S" indicates that this instrument might be attributed to Christoph Schissler however the form and decoration have nothing in common with known works by Schissler.
    A similar double instrument with comparable lettering style and layout is in the Adler Planetarium, Chicago. This example however is signed GEORGIUS HARTMANN NORENBERGE FACIEBAT ANNO 1558
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