18th Century French Louis XVI Period Giltwood Wall Barometer

2709-68341 (Click to Inquire About This Item)

43H x 18W x 3D

Location: Dallas


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18th Century French Louis XVI Period Giltwood Wall Barometer was considered the "weather station" of its time, and certain makers prided themselves on creating precision instruments that could help predict incoming weather patterns based on barometric pressure changes.  This example uses a vertical column of mercury in glass, predating the more modern bi-metal devices that dominated later devices.  The casework is comprised of sculpted wood with its original gilded finish, and motifs include lovebirds at the top framed by a laurel wreath, with cascading floral sprays emanating from their nest.  Scrolled cornucopia shapes frame the barometer dial, topped with flower baskets, with a neoclassical architectural design at the bottom festooned with bell flower swags, acanthus plumes and scrollworks.  The thermometer has surpassed its life cycle above the barometer, but the latter's dial face survives, with French caligraphy describing the various weather conditions the device was designed to indicate.  Inscribed at the bottom of the dial with the place of the shop where it was made, the Rue du Faubourg of St. Antoine, by a M. Bettally.
Sold for Decorative and Historical Purposes Only; Mechanisms Not Operational.
Circa 1770s
Measures 43H x 18W x 3D