This dial had a hectic history. Originally painted by Zuarbula and repainted in 1954, we see only the original dial, the exotic bird. This dial also has an originality: its motto in French and in three.
On the sundial is written:
"La vita es gaïro, Ùn ris, Ùn breath, Ùn weeping".
"Life is a little thing, a laugh, a breath, a tear" according to a verse by Frédéric Mistral.
The original dial (1852) was repainted in ochre in 1954, in particular erasing the original motto: "O Sun, thou appear, thou smile, thou console the earth."
It was restored in 1994 by Évelyne and Norbert Peyrot, but without being able to revert to the changes of 1954.
No signature is visible, but the exotic bird, characteristic of Zarbula, makes it attribute to it. This Piedmontese artist, enjoying a solid reputation to the point of being copied, has, from one valley to the other, expressed his talent to a clientele of owners "to the fact of things".
Source : La Vachette in Val des Prés /apartment to rent in the restored farmhouse, on which is painted this sundial.
Office de tourisme des Hautes Vallées - La Grave - La Clarée - L'Izoard - 13/09/2019