• Travel, Science & Natural Hist auction at Christies

    Sale 5809

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    15 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 210

    AN EARLY ENGLISH FIVE-DRAW TELESCOPE

    ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN MARSHALL, CIRCA 1700

    Price Realised  

    AN EARLY ENGLISH FIVE-DRAW TELESCOPE
    ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN MARSHALL, CIRCA 1700
    unsigned, lignum fittings and dustcap, the tubes of vellums and marked with ink lines for focus, the main tube decorated with green yellow and red/brown, tooled with Turner-motifs 28d, 18 and roll 1.
    17½in. (45cm.) long unextended
    Several microscopes and telescopes by John Marshall (bap.1659-1723) have been attributed to based on the study of the tooling motifs found on signed examples. That Turner-motif 18 is found on signed examples provides a strong case for attribution to Marshall; and if not to the man, certainly to his workshop.


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    Literature

    Turner, G.L'E. 'Decorative tooling on 17th and 18th century micorscopes and telescope', Essays on the History of Microscope (Oxford: 1980), pp79-108.