This website uses Google Analytics to keep track of your visit, but does so without sharing personally identifiable data with Google. Please select your choise below:
Allow Allow once Block

Nautical instruments

Very rare Dutch Circle – La Motte, Versailles, France, 17th century

The ‘Hollandse Cirkel’, Dutch circle or circumferentor, is developed by the Dutchman J.P. Dou around 1600 as an angle measuring instrument. It consists of a circle with a fixed and a rotatable sighting device. With the ball and socket joint placed on a vertically placed stick, horizontal angles can be measured. This very beautiful La Motte instrument, even better than the pictures show, has a double graduation on the ring with nice leaf decorations. In the center of the circle a rotatable compass with a set of sights. The compass has an 8-pointed rose, the north of which is indicated with a fleur-de-lys. The signature is on the back. La Motte instruments are very rare.

Catalogue: NM.6-07
Date: 1700 – 1720
D: 15.2 cm
Signed: La Motte à Versailles
Origin: France
Condition: excellent

Add to your Page of Interest
« Back to the overview page

    Specific questions?

    If you have specific questions, please feel free to fill out the form below.

    Share this page on your:


    Send a link to this page to a friend.


    For the duration of your visit you can compile a page filled with items of your interest. To your personal page