12 - 13 December 2007,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 42,500
Estimate GBP 40,000 - GBP 60,000
A VENETIAN BRASS, ORMOLU-MOUNTED, BURR-WALNUT AND OLIVE AND LABURNUM ASTRALOBE
BY GIOVANNI BATTISTA ZUGNO, VENICE, 1800
The upper section with stepped pediment above a moulded glazed door with ormolu pierced foliate scroll, the circular reserve centred by a large astrolabe, the circular interior of the glass rete carrying figurative constellations for the northern hemisphere and an ecliptic circle, the rete revolving over an engraved plate with a planispheric projection for the latitude of Venice, signed 'Dr Gio: Batta Zugno Veneto all' anno 1880', within a graduated metal mount, outer metal ring graduated with an hour scale (the glass broken), the sides with hinged doors above a fall-front concealing a fitted interior with two pigeon holes, two drawers and a central door above a frieze drawer and on two glazed doors
83 in. (211 cm.) high; 34¾ in. (88.5 cm.) wide; 19 in. (48 cm.) deep
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A similar astrolobe by G.B. Zugno is mentioned in A. González-Palacios, Il Tempio del Gusto, Milano, 1986, Tomo I, p.336; and Tomo II Illustrazioni, p.376, pl.791.
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