Lot 294: Henning (Veit Balthasar) - Perpetual Almanac,
27 October 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: a wall calendar with two large volvelles fastened with a painted tin button, central panel headed Almanac Perpetuel, embroidered date 1750 with the initial L (?for Louis XV) in an inset oval fabric panel at top, in a baroque framework on two sheets of pasteboard, partly engraved and partly drawn in ink, extensively hand-coloured in gouache, with floral sprays heightened with varnish, overall 334 x 210mm., hanging loop, a few small losses at edges, several rubbed spots and surface cracks, Nuremberg, 1750. A rare survival. The Nuremberg engraver and art dealer Veit Henning (1707-1762) is known to have produced versions of this almanac in different languages, advertised in his catalogue Sammlung nutzlicher Maschinen und Instrumenten , published in five parts, 1747-1752. Cut out windows on the volvelles reveal the month, day of the week, feast day, zodiac sign, time of sunrise and sunset and length of day and night. See: Ernst Zinner, Deutsche und Niederlandische Astronomische Instrumente des 11.-18. Jahrhunderts , Munich, 1979, p.372, describing an example with Latin title.