18 September 2003
A WALNUT, EBONISED AND FLORAL MARQUETRY BAROMETER
19th century, possibly incorporating earlier elements
The shaped cresting above a canted cornice with two brass balls, above Solomonic columns framing a panel of floral sprays above a brass panel inscribed with the various states of weather, Summer on the left and Winter on the right, with vertical mercury tube surmounted by a turned finial, with floral marquetry panel below terminating in a ring-turned reservoir, the brass panel inscribed 'Somalvico. Fecit LONDINI AD 1709'
48 in. (122 cm.) high; 9 in. (23 cm.) wide
Anonymous sale, Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury, January 2001 (£3,520).
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This barometer case, with its arched crest, Solomonic columns and acanthus-scrolled brackets, relates to one in the Untermyer Collection illustrated in N. Goodison, English Barometers, Woodbridge, 1977, plate 10.
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