A rare Charles II stained glass sundial, and another heraldic stained glass panel, circa 1675, possibly by John Oliver (1616-1701)  (2)

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A rare Charles II stained glass sundial, and another heraldic stained glass panel, circa 1675, possibly by John Oliver (1616-1701)

Sold for £ 2,295 (US$ 2,995) inc. premium

The Oak Interior

18 Sep 2019, 11:00 BST

Oxford

A rare Charles II stained glass sundial, and another heraldic stained glass panel, circa 1675, possibly by John Oliver (1616-1701)
The first, with detached gnomon, the dial rectangular with a broad amber border, all headed by the motto 'Sic Aetas fugit', and with Roman hours, a cross identifying the 12 o'clock line, all around a panel painted with a fly and a spider, the fly's wings painted on one side of the glass, its body on the other, all within a strapwork cartouche border of white and yellow, the second panel with a coat of arms gules, three wolves' heads, erased, Argent, armed and langued lying on a compartment under the Arms a wild man chained, beneath the motto 'Virtutis Gloria Merces' and in a strapwork cartouche with thistles at the corners, 34cm wide x 54.5cm high, (2)

Footnotes

  • The arms are those of Alexander Robertson, 16th Baron of Struan and the 12th Chief of the Clan Robertson. He apparently embellished his house at Dunalastair in or around 1672. These panels may have formed part of that refurbishment.

    The sundial panel has been recorded as Dial 393 in an online database of glass sundials (www.advanceassociates.com/Sundials/Stained_Glass) and described as having been rescued from a fire at Dunalastair in 1745.

    The fly - its wings on one side of the glass, its body on the other, so that it appears in 3D - and daddy long legs are similar to those on other dials attributed to John Oliver (1616-1701) member of the London Company of Glaziers and Glass-Painters. Compare, for instance, the now lost Pewterers' dial, made in 1671, which features a similar fly, and a 'cross' at 12 o'clock.

    Literature:
    See G. Lane, 'Glass Sundial Makers of 17th century London', BSS Bulletin Volume 18(i).
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