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Auction: Auction 08.04.1998
was auctioned on: 8 April 1998
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A rare mid 19th-Century Welsh slate octagonal horizontal garden sundial

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Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000
ca. US$5,015 - US$8,359
Price realised:  £7,475
ca. US$12,496
Lot number 37, Views: 25

A rare mid 19th-Century Welsh slate octagonal horizontal garden sundial, signed RICHD. MELVIL Maker to the Crystal Palace Co. London , the central bronze gnomon with scroll support set for latitude 50° 51' North, with eight subsidiary gnomons inscribed: 1. Morning New York 2. Afternoon Cape of G. Hope 3. Afternoon Alexandra 4. Night New Zealand 5. Night Melbourne 6. Evening Borneo 7. Evening C. of Sumatra 8. Morning Charleston Dials 3, 4, 5, and 6 each inscribed with part calendar scales and instructions for addition or subtraction of time (equation of time), the dial further engraved: Horas non numero nisi serenas , Sic transit gloria mundi and Sol non occidat super viacundiam vestram , the slate dial formed of two plates fixed so that the lower flanges of the gnomons are hidden between the plates (one gnomon loose) , mounted on a carved stone column, the capitol with vine-leaf and grape decoration, with plinth base -- 42½in. (108cm.) high See Colour Illustration and Detail

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 08.04.1998
Date of the auction: 8 Apr 1998
Address: Christie's
London, South Kensington