Leonid Meteor Storm Glass Tray

$45.00Price
We simply adore this tray-- an improbable deluge of rainbow-hued meteors, over a rushing double waterfall. The scene looks like fantasy, but was observed and recorded by the very eminent Austrian astronomer Edmund Weiss on November 12th-13th, 1833. With the glow of the comets even reflected in the double cataract, we admit there may be a bit of embellishment going on here. But such was the Zeitgeist, no?

Leonid Meteor Storm, as seen over North America on the night of November 12-13, 1833. By Edmund Weiss, from "Bilderatlas der Sternenwelt" (Images Atlas of Star World) 1888. 
     Edmund Weiss (August 26, 1837 – June 21, 1917) was an Austrian astronomer. He published a number of comet observations and emphemeris' between 1859 and 1909 and in 1892 he published "Atlas der Sternwelt", a German language astronomy atlas. During his career Weiss took part in several eclipse expeditions, was one of the observers of the transit of Venus in 1874, the Leonid meteor showers in 1899 wrote on comets, meteors and orbits, and prepared a revised edition of Oeltzen's catalogue of Argelander's zones from 15° to 31° S. declination. He was a member of the Vienna Academy, a correspondent of the Paris Academy of Sciences, and for thirty-four years an associate of the Royal Astronomical Society.


In the potichomania process, the glass acts as both a foundation and protective finish, saving the step of varnishing. The original intent was to recreate Greek and Etruscan vases by simulating rare and expensive Sevrés porcelain.

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    This tray measures approximately 5x8 inches. The relative thinness of the tray – just over 1/8” thick – belies the complexity of the potichomania process. Each of our trays is comprised of a glass tray, three layers of 28# paper, four coatings of varnish, and finished with two coats, each of paint and clear acrylic spray. We’ve added a high-quality felt pad on the bottom in order to protect your home surfaces.


    Care: Please spray with a gentle glass cleanser and wipe clean. Do not submerge in water. For decorative purposes only.

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