A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century

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Lot 115Y
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE
19th century

US$ 40,000 - 60,000
£ 32,000 - 48,000
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE
19th century
Formed from two reticulated concentric cloud spheres, the positions of the constellations relative to their locations in the sky as viewed from the earth embellished with cabochons of glass, opal, beryl, quartz and other hardstones, with the constellation names engraved on small conjoined circular plaques, the globe tilted along its axis, encircled by a vertically placed meridian ring engraved with lines to mark degrees, and an equatorial ring similarly marked, all connected to a horizontal ring applied with characters representing the 'Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches' interspersed with 'trigrams', above two pairs of dragons confronted on flaming pearls, all attached to a pillar borne on the back of a dragon-tortoise and surrounded by four upright dragons, with enameled highlights, all supported on a domed circular base patterned with swirling waves, wood stand.
23in (58.5cm) high

Footnotes

  • 十九世紀 銀及鎏金銅嵌百寳天體儀

    Provenance
    A European Collection

    The celestial sphere is an imaginary sphere with an arbitrarily large radius with the earth located at its center. The poles of the celestial sphere and the equator are aligned with those of the Earth, and all objects in the sky as viewed from Earth are projected on the inner surface of the celestial sphere. The celestial sphere is a practical tool for spherical astronomy, allowing astronomers to specify the relative positions of bodies in the sky.

    For related examples, see Scientific and Technical Instruments of the Qing Dynasty, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1998, pp. 4-7, and Exhibition of Chinese History, National Museum of Chinese History, Beijing, 2002, p. 177. An example was also sold at Sotheby's, New York, 19-20 March 2013, lot 339.
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A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
A RARE SILVER AND GILT-METAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS EMBELLISHED CELESTRIAL SPHERE 19th century
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