London, South Kensington
24 September 2008
An ivory Nuremberg diptych dial
Leonhart Miller (fl.1602-53), 1652
signed and dated LEONHART MILLER 1652, black, red and green colouring, the two leaves joined with four brass hinges, two brass clasps to shut closed and one clasp to secure open, arm for needle hole (needles missing);
leaf 1a with viewing hole for compass, foliage decoration, sixteen-point compass rose with star-shaped sun face to centre;
leaf 1b pin gnomon dial for length of day QVANTITAS DIEI, numbered 8-16 and with Zodiac symbols, vertical dial VI-XII-VI with Sun face at centre (gnomon missing) star and comet decorations;
leaf 2a horizontal dial 5-12-7, pin gnomon dial for Italian and Babylonian hours, compass bowl with four-point rose and mark and original needle, decorations include stars, sun and moon;
leaf 2b lunar volvelle with stamped disc, foliage decorations, Miller's struck twice [cf. Gouk, 'Maker's Marks' 14].
3¼in. (8.5cm.) long
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Gouk, P. The Ivory Sundials of Nuremberg (Cambridge: Whipple Museum, 1988).
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