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Richard Neville, 19th century | Multi-Gnomon Sundial

ReservesUK: Greenford Park WarehouseVAT applies to buyers outside the UK

Estimate:

600

to
- 800 GBP

Richard Neville, 19th century | Multi-Gnomon Sundial

Richard Neville, 19th century | Multi-Gnomon Sundial

Estimate:

600

to
- 800 GBP

Lot sold:

3,276

GBP

Richard Neville

19th century

Multi-Gnomon Sundial


engraved slate mounted with copper, held in a red japanned frame

48cm. by 45.5cm.; 1ft. 7in., 1ft. 6in.

Executed in Glasgow, circa 1848.

Repaired break to one corner (visible in image). Chip to opposing corner edge. Generally with minor wear and variation to colour and depth of engraving commensurate with age and use. The gnomon with attractive verdigris surface, some minor rust and some movement to fixed points. Frame a recent but attractive edition.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. 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.

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 note that where the buyer is from within the UK the lot is sold with no VAT symbol. Where the buyer resides outside the UK the lot is invoiced as if it bore the “†” symbol.’
J. Paterson, Baingle Cottage.
Ricardus or Richard Melville specialised in the laying-out and engraving of complex sundials including multi-gnomon models and this is a particularly complex example with its multiple smaller dials for specific places.

Melville originated from County Down in Northern Ireland but had settled in Glasgow by 1845 shortly before making this sundial; he is then recorded as working in Liverpool in 1856 and then in London in 1858. He finally moved to Dublin where he is recorded as having died in 1871. One of his sundials can be seen at Ruthin Castle in North Wales.