9096 A RARE BAROMETER AND THERMOMETER BY L’INGENIEUR GOHIN French. Circa 1815. Measurements: Width: 8″ (20cm) Depth: 6″ (15cm) Height: 50 3/4″ (129cm).
Of mahogany with finely chased gilt bronze, the broken pediment centred by a gilt bronze armillary sphere, the pediment above a plain frieze above a panel edged with finely chased gilt bronze bearing the inscription Par Lingenieur Gohin, Opticien Bienele, rue naive St. Eustache, no.24.”, the panel is also marked with the barometer readings, the whole centred by the glass brometer terminating in a faceted glass well with finely chased and pierced gilt bronze mounts, the whole flanked by two thermometers, one marked with centigrade, the other with farenheit, each surmounted by a turned gilt bronze collar, each above a classical bust, the whole terminating below with a gilt bronze pineapple finial.
A very similar barometer by Chevalier, dating from 1804, is in the collection of Malmaison, Paris and illustrated in Serge Grandjean’s Empire Furniture, (London, 1966, plate 12a).