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Reference: ZE313

Compass with pocket sundial, with case. Bronze. BUTTERFIELD, Michael (1635-1724). Paris, circa 1700. Pocket sundial made of engraved metal, with a gnomon in the shape of a bird with a triangle with an engraved tree, and a compass with a dark metal needle; In this area, “Butterfield AParis 43” is also engraved. On the back, the latitudes of several cities have been engraved (Madrid, Paris, Barcelona, etc.), and a decorative architectural element has been placed in the center of the piece. The case, adapted to the piece, has an upholstered interior to better protect it. Michael Butterfield was a mathematician who made measuring instruments based in Paris from the last quarter of the 17th century who continued working until the beginning of the 18th century. Although he was of English origin, he collaborated with the Royal Academy of Sciences in the French capital and worked as an engineer at the court of Louis XIV. It is known that he opened a shop in Saint-Germain in 1677, from which he sold sundials. Similar silver model auctioned at Christies London on November 17, 2009. Lot 106

· Size: 7,5x6,5x1 cms / Estuche 8,5x7,5x2 cms

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