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Barometer

Barometer

  • Place of origin:

    Yorkshire (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1730 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hallifax, John, born 1694 - died 1750 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Walnut veneer on pine.Brass setting ring. Fruitwood inlay

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Brigadier W. E. Clark CMG, DSO through The Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    W.11-1960

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

John Hallifax was a high-quality clockmaker who worked in Barnsley, Yorkshire, from about 1711. He also made barometers such as this one, which dates from about 1730. Two of his sons also followed him into the clockmaking trade. This relatively plain example is veneered in walnut and has a six-point star inlaid with various woods in the centre of the recording dial at the bottom, a feature John Hallifax often used.

Barometers used to predict the weather from the 1680s, after it was noticed that weather conditions were connected to changes in the weight or pressure of the air, which the barometer had been developed to measure for laboratory purposes. The glass-covered dial in the centre indicated the rise and fall of mercury within a glass tube, which reflected changes in air pressure.

Physical description

Wall-nug barometer, with plain veneered walnut case and central circulart dial, with recording dial at the bottom with an inlaid six-point star.

Place of Origin

Yorkshire (made)

Date

ca. 1730 (made)

Artist/maker

Hallifax, John, born 1694 - died 1750 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Walnut veneer on pine.Brass setting ring. Fruitwood inlay

Dimensions

Height: 120 cm, Width: 22 cm, Depth: 7 cm

Descriptive line

BAROMETER
Walnut veneer on pine
Inscribed 'J. Hallifax Barnsley Invt et Fecit', made about 1730

Labels and date

BAROMETER
ENGLISH; about 1730
Walnut veneer on pine

Signed John Hallifax Invt. et Fecit.
John Halifax of Barnsley (1694-1750) was one of the leading provincial barometer and clock makers of his time.

Given by Brigadier W.E. Clark, C.M.G., D.S.O., through the National Art-Collections Fund. [pre October 2000]

Materials

Walnut; Pine; Brass

Techniques

Veneering; Marquetry

Categories

Furniture; Science

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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