18th Century sundial & plinth.

Circa 1720, London

Bronze dial plate with fine crisp engraving original gnomon and desirable dark patina. Contemporary associated limestone plinth cut from one piece of limestone and in superb condition of an excellent colour.

Dimensions: 1185.00cm high x 28.00cm wide x 28.00cm deep

Round 9" dial plate signed J Fowler fecit. The bronze dial and gnomon have a dark black patination with the engraved numerals and compass bearings having been filled with a white wax, which produces an attractive contrast. Calibrated in five-minute intervals, the chapter ring also has trefoil half-hour markers with the signature placed below the Southern bearing between a pair of scrolls. The gnomon or pointer which casts the shadow, (Greek, meaning the one who knows) has an angle of 52 degrees which corresponds to the latitude of the location it was originally made for; somewhere just north of London.

John Fowler, the son of a Middlesex gardener was apprenticed to Samuel Saunders in 1711/12 at The Globe under St Dunstan's Church, Fleet Street, London. He later established his own business at the Globe by the Royal Exchange, London.

The octagonal baluster plinth is hand cut from a single piece of dark grey limestone, which has over the centuries developed a light patina of subtle variation. The bottom section, rough-hewn and intended to lie beneath the surface, displays the nature of the hard and heavy slab before being crafted into an elegant baluster.

Dimensions: 1185.00cm high x 28.00cm wide x 28.00cm deep

£6500.00

   
18th Century sundial & plinth.