Nicolas Forfaict (ca.1580-1615) was a watchmaker... - Lot 79 - Pichon & Noudel-Deniau (Azur Enchères)

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Nicolas Forfaict (ca.1580-1615) was a watchmaker... - Lot 79 - Pichon & Noudel-Deniau (Azur Enchères)
Nicolas Forfaict (ca.1580-1615) was a watchmaker in Paris. He is known to have made two watches (in the Met, New York, nos. 17.190.1607 and 17.190.1606) and a table clock (kept at the Walter Art Museum under reference 58.227). Exceptional and extremely rare Renaissance brass sundial. The quality of the chasing is remarkable. The upper part features a lunar calendar with movable ring, zodiac signs, moon phases, calendar, etc., framed by four chisels representing the winds. 24 latitudes of European cities such as Narbonne, Avignon, Gene, Pavia, Cordoba, Lisbon, Paris, Nantes, etc., are indicated on the inner side of this upper part. A slot at the base of this inner side indicates the presence of a missing instrument. The inside of the lower part features a compass, an hour dial and a movable dial. There is a slot for the wire (wire missing). The whole is decorated with finely chased foliage, eagles' heads and fruit. The outside of the lower part is free of engravings. On the side is the signature "NICOLAS FORFAICT". one hinge damaged. Dim : 8 x 6,5 cm. Expert | Benoit REVERDY
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