Orrery Clock by Raingo Frères, Paris with Sun, Earth and Moon globes on pillar stand with music box in wooden base. Original glass dome absent when acquired.
Dated 1830--2, this ornate planetary model was made by the Parisian clock makers, Raingo Frères. Called an orrery or more correctly a tellurium, it is a demonstration device to show the motions of the Earth and Moon around the Sun. It consists of a wooden drum base containing a music box surmounted by a four-legged stand supporting the orrery and a timepiece. This spring driven pendulum clock drives the planetary model at the same rate as the heavens. A glass dome that is now missing, originally covered the whole mechanism. Such apparatus became popular during seventeenth century especially after Sir Isaac Newton published his universal theory of gravity.
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- terrestrial globe
- natural sciences
- physical sciences
- visual and verbal communication
- globe - cartographic sphere
- Sotheby's and Co.
- Permanent collection
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