Lot 6
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A SLATE SUNDIAL WITH JEWISH HOURS, FRANCE, CIRCA 1700 |

Estimate
3,000 - 5,000 USD
Sold
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Description

  • signed PD
  • length 15 3/4 in.
  • 40 cm
octagonal with Roman chapters, with four subsidiary dials, each with gnomon for almicantarats and azimuths, Babylonian and Italian hours, Jewish hours and daily arcs and Zodiac symbols and evening hours, at the top there are traces of a coat of arms, at the base a Latin inscription

Provenance

Pierre Bergé, Paris, 21 June, 2016, lot 96

Catalogue Note

The Latin inscription reads Omnem crede diem tibi diluxisse supremum,
grata superveniet quae non sperabitur hora. 
This inscription is taken from Horace, Epistles, circa 20 BC Book 1 Epistle IV, lines 15-16 and translates to "Believe that each day that shines on you is your last, the hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise." A sundial with Jewish hours, 1697, was in the Michael and Judy Steinhardt Judaica Collection, Sotheby's New York, 29 April 2011, lot 60. Jewish hours are calculated by dividing the total hours of daylight and nighttime into twelve equal parts, thus vary by season and even by each day.

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