Lot 12
  • 12

A gilt-bronze mounted tortoiseshell and brass inlaid boulle marquetry wheel barometer Paris, circa 1880

7,000 - 10,000 GBP
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after the model by André-Charles Boulle, the 8-inch cartouche shaped dial with enamel weather indication plaques, silvered centre signed 'Carcany' and with wind direction indicators, alcohol thermometer with Reaumur scale, the rear of the case stamped 'Henry Dasson' 

Catalogue Note

Comparative Literature:
P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection catalogue of furniture, Vol I, London, 1996, pp. 330-333, no. 81 (F15).

This barometer is based upon an early 18th century example in the Wallace collection, illustrated by Hughes, op. cit.,, p. 331, no. 81, with variations in the marquetry and mounts. The example in the Wallace collection is listed as being by André-Charles Boulle(1642-1732), and has a satyr's mask above the dial and scrolling foliate marquetry on the base, with two gilt-bronze figures of Astronomy and Geometry seated on the shoulders of the case.  

Henry Dasson (1835-1896): For further information on Dasson see Lot 81.