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Rare sundial in cast and cut bronze. Chinese work executed in the workshops of the imperial palace in Beijing in the 18th century under the reign of Kien-Long.The various elements are cut from a thick bronze plate then chiseled with patterns and hot-gilded with mercury.The dial is in enamel White. The beads are made of glass. The foot adjustment shoes are in cast bronze.At the back a steel plate making a spring.Fun detail, the level is provided by a mercury ball. Two identical models, but incomplete (the hooves of the feet are missing) with worn gilding and smaller are kept at the Palace Museum in Beijing. They are illustrated in book n ° 58 (lot 18) of the "complete collection of palace museum". Attached is a photo of the page representing one of them.
Excellent condition, no restoration or re-gilding. Some stress (maybe kiln) on the enamel plate. Some wear and tear. Everything is visible in the photos.
It is in its original cardboard box 175x120mm.