• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 5969

    A West Country Tradition - Avon Antiques, Bradford-upon-Avon, Wiltshire

    21 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 129

    A George III Scottish mahogany and chequer-strung stick barometer

    BY BALTHAZAR KNIE, EDINBURGH, DATED 1787

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A George III Scottish mahogany and chequer-strung stick barometer
    By Balthazar Knie, Edinburgh, dated 1787
    The typical Knie case of arch form and with oval moulded cistern cover, the silvered and engraved register plate inscribed 'BAROMETER' above trailing leaves and flowerheads, signed 'KNIE Edinr 1787' engraved with flowerheads around the screwholes, with Vernier scale; replaced tube, mercury removed
    41 in. (104 cm.) high; 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) wide; 3/4 in. (2 cm.) deep


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Balthazar Knie (fl.1743 - d.1817) is regarded as Scotland's most renowned and prolific barometer maker of the late 18th/early 19th century. Born in Germany and trained as a glass blower, he is first recorded in Edinburgh in 1776 and remained active until his death in 1817.

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.