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Pierre de Fobis (ca. 1507-ca. 1580) Clockwork armillary sphere, Lyons, 1540-1550Paris, Collection Kugel This is one of the most important astronomical clocks of the entire Renaissance. The sphere's countless functions (measuring time, illustrating planetary motion and so on) are driven by an extraordinarily complex mechanism. The engravings on the sphere are also of extremely fine quality.

Pierre de Fobis (ca. 1507-ca. 1580) Clockwork armillary sphere, Lyons, 1540-1550Paris, Collection Kugel This is one of the most important astronomical clocks of the entire Renaissance. The sphere's countless functions (measuring time, illustrating planetary motion and so on) are driven by an extraordinarily complex mechanism. The engravings on the sphere are also of extremely fine quality.

Charles-François Delamarche (attr.) (1740-1817) Tellurium, ca. 1800 Florence, Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, inv. CSBASF04  This device shows the Earth's movement around the Sun and the Moon's movement around the Earth, albeit in a simplified form and not to scale.

Charles-François Delamarche (attr.) (1740-1817) Tellurium, ca. 1800 Florence, Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, inv. CSBASF04 This device shows the Earth's movement around the Sun and the Moon's movement around the Earth, albeit in a simplified form and not to scale.

Lorenzo della Volpaia, Planetary clock

Lorenzo della Volpaia, Planetary clock

A French ormolu mounted ebonized striking lyre clock with glass dome Second quarter 19th century

A French ormolu mounted ebonized striking lyre clock with glass dome Second quarter 19th century

Astrolabe Signed by Eufrosino della Volpaia Dated 1525; Florence Brass; 180 mm in diameter This Italian astrolabe is unusual in so far as it bears the wind names on the outside rim of the instrument and the magnitudes of the stars on the reverse of the rete. British Museum, London Registration no. MLA 1895,9-15.1 Epact: Scientific Instruments of Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Astrolabe Signed by Eufrosino della Volpaia Dated 1525; Florence Brass; 180 mm in diameter This Italian astrolabe is unusual in so far as it bears the wind names on the outside rim of the instrument and the magnitudes of the stars on the reverse of the rete. British Museum, London Registration no. MLA 1895,9-15.1 Epact: Scientific Instruments of Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Girolamo della Volpaia (attr.) (ca. 1530-1614) Geocentric armillary sphere, Florence, ca. 1570-1580 Paris, Collection Kugel  This geocentric sphere, supported by a bronze Hercules, is on public display here for the very first time. It has the typical features of this celebrated craftsman's production of scientific instruments.

Girolamo della Volpaia (attr.) (ca. 1530-1614) Geocentric armillary sphere, Florence, ca. 1570-1580 Paris, Collection Kugel This geocentric sphere, supported by a bronze Hercules, is on public display here for the very first time. It has the typical features of this celebrated craftsman's production of scientific instruments.

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