A Rare Fruitwood Diptych Sundial


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A Rare Fruitwood Diptych Sundial

A fine and rare fruitwood diptych sundial, Nuremberg circa 1700. Measuring 2 5/8 in x 1 3/4 in x 5/8 in when closed, the plain cover is unhooked and lifts to reveal two sundials, one vertical, the other horizontal, being held in an open position by a further hook and eye. Both dials are described by punchwork lines and numbers filled with black and red colouring; the gnomen is a silk thread. The base dial is centred with a glazed compass marked SEPT, MERI, ORIE, OCCI', the vertical dial centred with a plumb weight, also suspended from a silk thread. The compass dial appears to be faintly stamped with a hand mark attributed to the Karner family and there are three owl-like stamps to the fore edge of the base dial seen used on other examples attributed to the Karner family; prolific and illustrious makers spanning five generations and working in Nuremberg throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries.
This dial is likely made by the fifth and last of the Karner dial makers, towards the end of what had been a thriving commercial activity in the south German city of Nuremberg for some two hundred years. Most of the dials produced were made from ivory, the earliest, circa 1500, are of wood, as are the last such as this present dial. It is noted that very few wooden examples exist.


18th Century & Earlier

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Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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