Large Antoine-Joseph Meurand brass universal equinoctial dial.

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Lot 1014
Large Antoine-Joseph Meurand brass universal equinoctial dial.

US$ 25,000 - 35,000
£ 19,000 - 26,000
Large Antoine-Joseph Meurand brass universal equinoctial dial.
French, dated 1782, signed "Meurand Quay de L'horloge du Palais a Paris. 1782," the self-orienting dial with lens gnomon, engraved Lumiere du Soleille, mounted on rectangular plate engraved with a transversal scale to adjust the dial for declination of the sun, hour circle engraved with Roman and Arabic numerals and adjustable against a latitude arc, on shaped base plate with three leveling screws and mounted with a folding armature and plumb-bob, in red cloth lined shield-shaped case with leather cover and two brass catches, 8 by 9 1/4 by 7 7/8 in (20.5 by 23.3 by 20 cm) when erect.
Provenance: In 1786, this dial was the property of Antoine Pineton de Chambrun (1732-1798) an aristocrat who became Sergeant Major General in the French army; Sotheby's London, lot 420, 2004 Tesseract.

This type of dial is illustrated and described in the second edition of Bedos de Celles' La Gnomonique Practique 1774. Antoine-Joseph Meurand (fl.1750-1794) had workshops in Paris in rue de Cloitre St.Jacques, rue St Louis, Ile de la Cite and quai de l'Horloge, no.53. He was a Jure in the Founders' Corporation 1770-2. A similar dial is housed in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
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Large Antoine-Joseph Meurand brass universal equinoctial dial.
Large Antoine-Joseph Meurand brass universal equinoctial dial.
Large Antoine-Joseph Meurand brass universal equinoctial dial.
Large Antoine-Joseph Meurand brass universal equinoctial dial.
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