Clock-Top Orrery with Etched Glass Globe, circa 1800
A heliocentric clock-top orrery with orbiting Earth and six other planets, the whole orrery enclosed within a later 9.87 inch diameter glass globe etched with constellations. The whole mounted onto a mahogany base. Orrery driven by a manual hand-crank found at side of base.
S.H. Hole; Christie's 2 June 1980 for £7500 & 2 July 1997 for £28,750 (as part of a Directoire White Marble, Bronze and Ormolu Skeletonized Orrery Clock)
Tardy, La Pendule Française, Vol II, colour pl. XL, p. 204