Mid Century Scaphe Copper Garden Sundial

GBP 7,975.00

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Object Description

A striking mid-century scaphe form copper garden sundial, mounted on an angular Scottish granite base. This unusual sundial will make a stunning modern art piece at the centre of any garden with its clean lines and abstract form.

Beautifully oxidised and weathered, the sundial is engraved with the date ‘25th November 1953’. This distinctive bowl-shape is known as a scaphe, the design of which is thought to date back to 3rd century BC ancient Greece and is accredited to astronomer and mathematician, Aristarchus of Samos. It sees a hemispherical bowl with a vertical gnomon at the centre. Within the bowl are twelve inscribed gradations used to indicate the time of day.

While ancient depictions of the scaphe sundial were carved from stone, modern versions see the original design translated into metal, serving as both contemporary art and ornamental time-keeping pieces for gardens, patios and courtyards.

Additional Dimensions

Diameter of bowl: 50.5 cm (19.88 in)

Base: 35 x 35 cm, 100.5 cm tall (13.77 x 13.77 in, 39.56 in tall)

Weight of bowl: 10 kg

Weight of base: 250 kg

Object Condition

Good structural condition. There are a couple of minor chips on the base. Copper is oxidised and weathered.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44(0) 1981 541 155

Dealer Location


From the M50 / Ross-on-Wye
At the end of the M50 take the A40 towards Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth. Take the A49 Hereford Road (third roundabout after leaving the M50) Ignore the first two signposts for Wormelow, Stay on the A49 for approximately nine miles take the next left turn after passing the Pilgrim Hotel, singed A466 Wormelow. Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side, the site is called; Grove Farm / The Grove.

From A49 Hereford
Follow the A49 south from Hereford for approximately five miles. After the uphill section at the Callow there is a layby on your right followed by one on your left. Take the next right turn onto the A466 singed Wormelow / Monmouth, Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side on Grove Farm / The Grove.

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