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18th Century French Barometer

18th Century French Barometer


As lovely as it is enigmatic, this fully functional, Louis XVI-style wood-and-gilt-glass barometer dating from the Restoration is a confection of motifs, from the hand-painted face to the twin pearl and chain-link surrounds to the decorative crown, a pair of birds suggesting this piece was commissioned for newlyweds. The manufacturer’s mark reads “By Seratzky of Lille, at No. 24 La Grande Place.” We’ve found only two other barometers by this manufacturer, neither dating from after 1850. Grand’ Place is Lille’s central square, now renamed, naturally, Place Charles de Gaulle. Number 24 currently is occupied by small shops, a large café, and condominiums on the upper stories. No trace remains of the oddly named (for the times) artisan who produced this exceptional piece.




Wood - glass


Mid 18th Century

Overall Dimensions

Width: 20 " / 51 cm
Height: 35 " / 89 cm