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David Harber Ltd

David Harber Ltd
Address: Blewburton Barns,
Hagbourne Road,
Aston Upthorpe,
Oxon
Postcode: OX11 9EE
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HISTORIC JEWEL OF A SUNDIAL BROUGHT TO LIFE BY SCULPTOR DAVID HARBER

Mathematical Jewel designed in 1585 by John Blagrave of Reading, coincidentally a direct descendant of Harber’s
Sundial on public display for the first time at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (Stand MA14)


An historic sundial, Blagrave’s Armillary Sphere, designed in 1585 by John Blagrave of Reading and brought to life over 400 years later by award-winning sculptor David Harber, will be one of the highlights of this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (25 – 29 May).

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David Harber (http://www.davidharber.com), had been making sundials for seventeen years before discovering, quite by chance, that he was a direct descendant of mathematician and dialist John Blagrave (1561 – 1611), a direct contemporary of William Shakespeare. Blagrave has long been acknowledged as one of the finest ever exponents of mathematical instrument design and his work is still the subject of lectures at the British Sundial Society.  His most ambitious design - The Mathematical Jewel - is recognised by experts as a scientific masterpiece.  The only problem preventing a wider appreciation of his work has been the fact that no examples of Blagrave’s work currently exist. 

To honour Blagrave’s name and celebrate the family connection, Harber resolved to bring this 400-year-old vision of an armillary sphere to life. As a result, Blagrave’s original design will finally see the light of day as a complex and fascinating instrument in antiqued bronze.

Blagrave’s Armillary Sphere will be on public display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show from 25 – 29 May on Stand No. MA15.

NB: Blagrave’s Armillary Sphere will not be on display at St John’s College, Oxford

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Images - Sculptor David Harbour with Blagrave’s Armillary Sphere at St John’s College Oxford.  Blagrave the original designer of the sundial studied at the college during the 16th century. Photo credit © Bernard Mattimore


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David Harber
Blewburton Barns,
Hagbourne Road,
Aston Upthorpe,
Oxon
OX11 9EE
Tel: +44 (0)1235 859300
Fax: +44 (0)1235 851125
UK Website: www.davidharber.co.uk

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