Lot 111 (Home & Garden Live Auction Lots 100 to 172, 29th September 2020)

£3,000 - £5,000

Buyer's premium: 25% (ex. VAT)

Lot details

Sundials: A rare and early iron and copper armillary on carved stone pedestal

mid 18th century

164cm high


Armillary spheres which date back to the 4th century B.C. in China, were originally made as models of all the stars and planets in the sky, ie a celestial sphere. Most were reproduced in the 19th and 20th centuries as sundials with the hours and minutes marked on the inside of a central ring using the central pole as a gnomon. This early example is similar to one in the garden of the 17th century Museum van Loon, Amsterdam.


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