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Angle barometer: M.29-1961

Object information

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Maker: Orme, Charles




Single tube barometer of lacquered and gilt wood with chinoiserie decoration.

Scale: Exposed brass scale, probably should be silvered, inscribed 'Stormy, Much Rain, Rain, Changeable, Fair, Very Fair, Grt. Draut. and extending from 28 to 31 inches, each inch divided into quarters. Also inscribed Made by Cha. Orme of Ashby de la Zouch. A recording index slides along a brass wire adjacent to the tube.
Tube: The tube has Orme's usual square pattern boxwood cistern.
Case: Carcase probably of pine and with an oak backboard. Japanned black with gilt chinoiserie decoration of lattice sections alternating with reserves incorporating human figures and a dog. Semi-cylindrical cistern cover decorated with birds and other motifs.


History note: Louis C.G. Carke, MA, Litt. D., Leckhampton, Cambridge, before October 1948

Legal notes

Louis C. G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 36½ in
Width: 25½ in

Place(s) associated

  • Ashby de la Zouche ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, second quarter#
Circa 1730 CE - 1740 CE


Unlike many of Orme's productions, this example is undated, but is probably an early production, c. 1730-35 in view of the japanned decoration, and the use of the term 'Very Fair' instead of the more usual 'Setd Fair' or 'Set Fair' used on Orme's later work.

School or Style


Components of the work

Frame composed of wood
Decoration composed of gilding lacquer
Tube composed of glass

Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Lacquered and gilt wood with single tube

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.29-1961
Primary reference Number: 95986
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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