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    Sale 7524

    Turin London Corfu The Collection of Giorgio Marsan and Umberta Nasi Volume II Session II

    12 - 13 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 430

    A FRENCH GILT-BRONZE ARMILLARY SPHERE

    THE GLOBE BY JEAN PIGEON, CIRCA 1720, THE GILT BRONZE STRUCTURE LATE 18 TH/19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH GILT-BRONZE ARMILLARY SPHERE
    THE GLOBE BY JEAN PIGEON, CIRCA 1720, THE GILT BRONZE STRUCTURE LATE 18 TH/19TH CENTURY
    The armillary formed of two brass meridians, met at the top by a suspension loop, rings representing the polars, tropics and equator, wide ecliptic band engraved with months and the houses of the Zodiac, the celestial globe signed 'Jean Pigeon', and bearing dedication to the Duc d'Orléans
    27½ in. (70 cm.) diameter


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    This unusual Ptolemaic armillary sphere, with globe by Jean Pigeon (1654-1739) was probably converted to form a hanging armillary in the late 18th or early 19th Century. Pigeon was a celebrated French physicist, mechanic and author of Description d'une sphere mouvante Paris, 1714. A similar Pigeon globe features in an astronomical clock constructed around 1805 by Andreas Steib at the Bayerisches National Museum in Munich. A Copernican armillary sphere attributed to Pigeon is in the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence (VII.37).

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    Literature

    COMPARITIVE LITERATURE
    Marie Anne Victoire Prémontval, Le mecaniste philoso..., 1750, (for biographical details of Jean Pigeon by his daughter).
    Alexis Kugel, Spheres: the Art of the Celestial Mechanic, 2002, for similar spheres by Pigeon.