Lot 111 (Home & Garden Live Auction Lots 100 to 172, 29th September 2020)
Sold for £3,000
Sundials: A rare and early iron and copper armillary on carved stone pedestal
mid 18th century
Armillary spheres which date back to the 4th century B.C. in China, were originally made as models of all the stars and planets in the sky, ie a celestial sphere.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.
Armillary with old repairs on top pennant and more recent screws attached to bottom of armillary. Bottom outer ring calibrated with numerals as is centre ring. Small crack in metal base of armillary. Some areas of old soldered repairs on armillary. Pedestal with numerous old cracks but none appear to be structural. Please note photographs taken in the rain so showing slightly darker than usual. Overall nice antique condition with no major losses or damages.