Tue, 12th May 2015 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Sandwich)

 
  Lot 242
 

A MODERN BRASS PLANISPHERIC ASTROLABE<br/>after...

Sold for £160


Condition report
Brass has not been lacquered so is slightly oxidised in areas exposed to air; engraving etc. in fine order.

We are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of this property. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Charles Miller Ltd is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS” IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.

 
A MODERN BRASS PLANISPHERIC ASTROLABE
after Jean Fusoris (15th-Century) with single plate engraved for latitude of London, the reverse for Paris, rete for nineteen stars, the back engraved with shadow square, degree scale, zodiac calendar and unequal hour scale -- 8¼in. (21cm.) diameter

Made in 1985 using the reprinted treatise by Jean Fusoris found in E. Poules Un Constructeur d'Instruments Astronomiques au XV Siècle (1963) from the Science Museum London, and following his directions translated from medieval French, parts of this instrument were made using the gear cutting engine forming lot 234. An original example which is similar can be seen at the History of Science Museum, Oxford, Inv. 49636.