Inventory no. 37536 - Former Display Label
French PTOLEMAIC ARMILLARY SPHERE
Brass. Signed 'P. Danfrie Fec.'; undated. Height 370 mm.; diameter 200 mm.
No fixed stars are indicated in the design of this sphere. The Earth is represented by a small brass geographical globe, and the orbits of the Sun and the Moon are shown by rings, marked by appropriate symbols. A compass in the base is now missing.
Philippe Danfrie, the elder, was born in Britanny and became engraver to the Royal Mint of France. He invented the graphometer and wrote and printed a work on the subject. He designed instruments for Catherine de Medici. Other instruments by him may be seen in the displays of astrolabes and astronomical compendia in this gallery.
Formerly in the Michel Collection.