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Nineteenth Century Rosewood Case French Hanging Barometer with Bronze Doré Ormolu
A charming and working, hanging barometer, it dates from the late 1890's.
The exceptional craftsmanship of this piece is representative of the fine objects which were sold in the Grand Passages in Paris at the turn of the century. The Passages were (and still are) Indoor shopping arcades which held expensive and specialty shops, catering not only to the wealthy Parisian, but to the wealthy "Grand Tour" traveler.
This barometer is exquisitely mounted to a violin-shaped rosewood plaque. This plaque is ornamented on all sides by a one inch thick bronze doré frame. This design on the frame features a cascading grapevine with leaves and grapes. The top portion of the frame is a two-tiered bronze doré sculptural decoration which overhangs the side frame. There are five ribbon crossbows and two acanthus leaf circles ornamenting this decorative piece. The bronze doré ormolu at the top of the piece features a central ribbon with swags of flowers cascading to either side.
The glass tube holding the mercury, which rises with the temperature, (which is indicated in increments of celsius) is attached to a bronze rectangle. The beveled glass case holding the instrument which measures "Variable, Tempete, Tres-Sec, Beau Temps and Pluie ou Vent" is stunningly framed with a wide (1 1/4") bronze doré band. The frame is made features decorative bands, each; one is smooth, one of small dots, one featuring crossed swords and the top two repeating the design of the top frame with ribbon crossbows.
The back has a board panel (which can be removed). There is a small metal circle at the back for hanging on the wall. The measurements are: 11" tall, 6" wide at widest point, 4" wide at top, and 1" thick.It is in excellent, working condition, The wood and bronze doré have no missing pieces.
It is a lovely, small hanging barometer, perfect for a study or small bibliotheque. It faithfully predicts the changing weather!
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