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Polyhedral dial; printed paper on wood; cube with five polar gnomons mounted on hinged short column rising from rectangular base with four flat feet; compass in base set for declination N22W; cube constructed for latitude 50 degrees, top surface horizontal, can be tilted according to plumb-bob and two scales on east face; dials on top surface and all four vertical sides; east and west faces decorated with pairs of lovers; south and north face inscribed.
- Production date
Height: 184 millimetres
Length: 99 millimetres (base)
Width: 83 millimetres (base)
- Curator's comments
A similar sundial by David Beringer was for sale at the Palais Dorotheum in Vienna on 8 May 2006 (details on file).
Beringer was probably the first maker to produce this type of polyhedral dial, which became popular in South Germany towards the end of the 18th century. The Greenwich Maritime Museum collection includes two Beringer cube dials, reg. nos. AST0385 and AST0289; see H. Higton, Sundials at Greenwich, Oxford 2002, nos. 251 and 252, pp. 256-9.
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A compass in the base is set for declination N22°W and provided with a scale of degrees 0-30 west for other decinations, its card printed on paper and tinted. The cube is constructed for latitude 50° with the top suface horizontal, but can be tilted according to a plumb-bob and two scales (one on a scroll) on its east face for use in latitudes 10°-80°.
There are dials on the top surface and on all four vertical sides, with hour-lines, half- and quarter-hour marks and floral decorations in colour. Pairs of lovers in costume are also shown on the east and west faces. The upper suface of the base is decorated with swags in colour.
The south face is inscribed SUD and the north face NORD D. BERLINGER.
- Not on display
Latest: 2 (Jul 2015)
3 (Oct 1995)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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