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Barometer and thermometer

Barometer and thermometer

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1725 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Possibly oak veneered with ebony, tortoiseshell and brass; mounts of gilt brass

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:

    1120-1882

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

At the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th, the study of the sciences was developing fast. Thermometers and barometers hanging in a gentleman's apartment offered elegant evidence of the owner's intellectual interests.

This combined instrument was clearly designed for a library or for a small, personal room of the type known as a cabinet in France. Its case is veneered in boulle marquetry, which was highly fashionable at the time and took its name from Louis XIV's cabinetmaker, André-Charles Boulle. However, Boulle’s workshop was by no means the only one to use this technique, which combined ebony with panels of marquetry in tortoiseshell and brass.

Physical description

A combined barometer and thermometer in a case veneered in ebony with panels of boulle marquetry of tortoiseshell and brass. The barometer shows readings on an almost circular dial at the top, with the thermometer displayed on the front of a tapering case below this. The instrument is set with gilt-brass mounts

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1700-1725 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Possibly oak veneered with ebony, tortoiseshell and brass; mounts of gilt brass

Marks and inscriptions

PLUVIEUX
CHANGEANT
BEAU TEMPS
In black on white enamel plaques, at spaced intervals around the outer edge of the upper dial

TRÈS CHAUD
TEMPÈRE
TRÈS FROID
In brass, inset into the ebony backboard of the thermometer

Dimensions

Height: 111.5 cm

Object history note

Acquired by John Jones before 1882

Descriptive line

Combined barometer and thermometer, veneered in ebony, with panels of boulle marquetry, of tortoiseshell and brass

Materials

Oak; Ebony; Brass; Tortoiseshell; Gilt brass

Techniques

Cabinet-making; Veneered; Boulle marquetry

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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