Thu, 19th Nov 2020 12:00

Fine Photographica & Instruments of Science

 
Lot 65
 

An Orrery by W & S Jones

English, c.1800, the engraved paper laid on mahogany table, trade cartouches Designed for the New Portable Orreries by W Jones, and Made and Sold by W&S Jones 30 Holborn London graduated with days of the month and of the houses of the Zodiac with names, signs and pictures, compass directions and degrees of amplitude and azimuth, table of principal affections of the planets dated ‚'Jany 1st 1794 Published as the Act directs by W. & S. Jones‚' giving details for each of the six planets nearest the sun for the year 1794, , also with tables for the revolutions and distances of the satellites of Jupiter and Saturn, with a diagram entitled The Solar System with positions for each of the planets and dated from 1796 to 1810, the 1¬Ω-inch globe made up of 24 hand-coloured engraved gores, signed Bardin London with graduated equatorial, ecliptic and one meridian, Tasmania as a peninsula in New Holland, mounted with brass twilight pointer and held above an angled ring to alter the height of the ivory moon, a secondary ring graduated with the signs for the houses of the Zodiac, and a disc showing the phases of the moon, on multi-wheeled geared mechanism, at the centre the brass sun mounted on the central axis, with planet arms for the ivory Mercury and Venus, the mechanism driven by a cranked handle in original oak case with brass oil lamp which can be fitted as alternative to the brass ball sun, table diameter 32.3cm.

Condition Report: The mahogany table is sound with no losses or shrinkage cracks, the engraved paper is complete, without paper losses but faded with some wear and some stains (please see images, the third online image shows the largest stain). The Bardin globe appears in good condition with no losses. The brass clockwork mechanism is complete and fully functioning with very little wear and retains much of the original lacquer. However, the brass nut securing the mechanism to the table is missing. The pointer is missing and the ring adjusting the altitude of the moon and the zodiac ring appear to have been repaired. There appear to be no other repairs or replacements, assuming the ivory ball representing Mercury has been cleaned rather than replaced.

Sold for £8,060

Result plus buyers premium


 

English, c.1800, the engraved paper laid on mahogany table, trade cartouches Designed for the New Portable Orreries by W Jones, and Made and Sold by W&S Jones 30 Holborn London graduated with days of the month and of the houses of the Zodiac with names, signs and pictures, compass directions and degrees of amplitude and azimuth, table of principal affections of the planets dated ‚'Jany 1st 1794 Published as the Act directs by W. & S. Jones‚' giving details for each of the six planets nearest the sun for the year 1794, , also with tables for the revolutions and distances of the satellites of Jupiter and Saturn, with a diagram entitled The Solar System with positions for each of the planets and dated from 1796 to 1810, the 1¬Ω-inch globe made up of 24 hand-coloured engraved gores, signed Bardin London with graduated equatorial, ecliptic and one meridian, Tasmania as a peninsula in New Holland, mounted with brass twilight pointer and held above an angled ring to alter the height of the ivory moon, a secondary ring graduated with the signs for the houses of the Zodiac, and a disc showing the phases of the moon, on multi-wheeled geared mechanism, at the centre the brass sun mounted on the central axis, with planet arms for the ivory Mercury and Venus, the mechanism driven by a cranked handle in original oak case with brass oil lamp which can be fitted as alternative to the brass ball sun, table diameter 32.3cm.

Condition Report: The mahogany table is sound with no losses or shrinkage cracks, the engraved paper is complete, without paper losses but faded with some wear and some stains (please see images, the third online image shows the largest stain). The Bardin globe appears in good condition with no losses. The brass clockwork mechanism is complete and fully functioning with very little wear and retains much of the original lacquer. However, the brass nut securing the mechanism to the table is missing. The pointer is missing and the ring adjusting the altitude of the moon and the zodiac ring appear to have been repaired. There appear to be no other repairs or replacements, assuming the ivory ball representing Mercury has been cleaned rather than replaced.

Auction: Fine Photographica & Instruments of Science, Thu, 19th Nov 2020

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