The setting hand is operated by a bone setting key below the dial and within the rounded base is set a glass fronted spirit level with a profusely engraved and silvered surround. This barometer is a joy to behold, it has an unusual shape, is finished with the finest mahogany veneers and the attention to detail is just superb.Of particular note is the engraving to all of the dials incorporated into this piece, they are of the highest quality for the period. The company of Thomas Agnew can trace its roots back to the Italian migrants that arrived in Britain in the late eighteenth to early nineteenth centuries. The Zanetti brothers, Vittore and Viincent, like most, came from the Northern regions around Lake Garda and settled in Manchester in about 1795. Initially trading as Zanetti & Co, the brothers are considered to have parted company in about 1804 but continued to trade separately in the city.
On his own account Vittore Zanetti continued to run a successful business which not only included meteorological instruments but looking glass and frame making, carving, gilding, publishing and dealing in all kinds of antique curiosities. It was under these conditions that the young Thomas Agnew and the renowned Charles Joshua Ronchetti both worked and in the former case, served his apprenticeship. In 1817, Ronchetti left to set up his own successful business and Thomas Agnew went into partnership with his former master as Zanetti & Agnew where the business continued to trade in a similar way as before. Zanettis son Joseph joined the business in 1825, three years prior to his fathers retirement and return to Italy, and subsequently the business was renamed to Agnew & Zanetti in reference to Agnews seniority. In 1835, Joseph Zanetti left the partnership in order to set up on his own account after which the business became Thomas Agnew.This change of focus saw the company of Thomas Agnew & Sons rise to become pre-eminent dealers in works of art, and branches in both Liverpool and London followed with an eventual consolidated move to premises on Old Bond Street in London. Throughout the nineteenth century, the Agnew brothers single-handedly revived the interest in Old Master paintings and acted as principal agents and advisors to museums, Royalty and to other high end clients such as The Rothschild dynasty.
The Twentieth century saw a branching out into Impressionism and Modern Art and their affiliation with the upper echelons of the art establishment remains strong to this day. Under Crichton-Stuarts leadership, Agnews Gallery retains its position as one of the most respected art galleries in the UK and perhaps the world. A superb barometer in its own right but with a provenance that links it back to the earliest part of the Agnews business, its history is undeniably fascinating and has appeal to both collectors of scientific instruments and art collectors alike. Jason Clarke Antiques are happy to discuss carriage, condition or for any other queries, alternatively, you can also message me and I will endeavour to come back to you as soon as possible.
I have a number of beautiful antiques for sale, so please feel free to browse my other items. The item "EARLY VICTORIAN FLAME MAHOGANY WHEEL BAROMETER BY THOMAS AGNEW MANCHESTER" is in sale since Thursday, March 21, 2019.This item is in the category "Antiques\Science/Medicine\Scientific Instruments". The seller is "jason750_1" and is located in newbury, Berkshire. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.