Lot 10
  • 10

A Louis XVI carved giltwood barometer, circa 1775

2,000 - 3,000 GBP
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  • Pine, mercury, paper, glass
  • 87cm. high and 92cm. high; 34¼in. and 36¼in.
the paper scale signed Selon Toricelli, the frame surmounted by ribbon-tied musical trophies; together with another Louis XVI carved giltwood barometer, circa 1780, the paper scale centred by an alcohol thermometer, the frame surmounted by a ribbon-tied swag (2)


One illustrated, John Goodall, ‘Regency Revival’, Country Life, London, 10 February 2010, p. 62


The first with scale in good condition, the giltwood frame restored and re-gilded, replaced tube contains mercury. The second unrestored, scale in good but rather faded condition, giltwood frame in generally good but rather dirty condition, the tube containing some mercury but in need of restoration, thermometer in good condition.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."