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Constructed in première-partie Boulle marquetry of tortoiseshell and brass, with gilt metal accents; the shaft incorporates the thermometer, with calibrations following the original échelle de Florence scale, widely used before the introduction of the Reaumur and subsequently, the Celsius scale, and surmounted by a flambeaux urn; the mercuric barometer, functioning under atmospheric pressure, delineates ‘Pluvieux’, ‘Changeant’ and ‘Beau-Temps’, painted in shaped enamel plaques, set on a cast bronze ground about a steel dial, engraved with foliates, and the legends ‘Sud’ ‘Est’ and ‘Sud Est’. and the name’ Carcany’, a Parisian barometer maker, working in the Rue du Faubourg St.Antoine. Stamped to the back with maker’s name, ‘Henry Dasson’.
French, Circa 1875
Dimensions: H: 45 in / 114 cm W: 11 in / 28 cm
Two very similar Boulle barometer-thermometers, of the period, may be seen in London; one, in the Jones Collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the other in the Wallace Collection, having been purchased by the 4th Marquess of Hertford prior to 1865.
|Height||114.00 cm||(44.88 inches)|
|Width||28.00 cm||(11.02 inches)|
|Depth||9.50 cm||(3.74 inches)|