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Inlaid with tortoiseshell and ivory
Early 19th Century
Size: 12cm dia., 4cm high – 4¾ ins dia., 1½ ins high
Leonardo Da Vinci first illustrated the continuous drive lathe in 1500 A.D and was probably its inventor. Wood and ivory turning became a courtly and aristocratic obsession during the Renaissance stemming from the great interest in perspective and solid geometry. This gentlemanly passion lasted into the late 19th century when Charles Holtzapttel published his ‘Turning and Mechanical Manipulation’ in 1856 making ornamental turning into a ‘well to do’ hobby.
|Height||4.00 cm||(1.57 inches)|