A rare Henry Negretti table planetarium or orrery, English, 1839-1848,

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Lot 396W
A rare Henry Negretti table planetarium or orrery,
English, 1839-1848,

Sold for £ 10,800 (US$ 13,861) inc. premium
A rare Henry Negretti table planetarium or orrery, English, 1839-1848,
signed H NEGRETTI 19 LEATHER LANE LONDON, the hand cranked geared mechanism showing the movement of the planets around a model of the sun, planets shown as ivory models of the Earth with Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter with four moons, Saturn with ring and seven moons, Neptune with two moons, and Uranus with six moons, mounted above circular table applied with coloured print of calendar and zodiac scales, the table 17in (43cm) diameter

Footnotes

  • Henry Negretti formed a partnership with Joseph Zambra in 1850 and thereby founded the famous firm of Negretti & Zambra which would eventually be appointed optical instrument makers to Prince Albert, the Royal Observatory and the British Admiralty. Instruments made by Henry alone prior to the partnership are extremely rare.
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