Mare Humorum wall hanging

Mare Humorum wall hanging

This piece zooms in on a distinct lunar element, Mare Humorum, or Sea of Moisture. Maria are dark, basaltic plains visible from earth; early astronomers believed they were actual seas of water. The mare is located within a large impact crater 275 miles across, with mountains edging the rim. The large crater at the edge of the flat is Gassendi, once considered as a landing site for Apollo 17.

     The French artist, astronomer and amateur entomologist Étienne Léopold Trouvelot is noted for major contributions in his lifetime. In addition to his numerous scientific papers, he produced some 7,000 astronomical illustrations during his career. In 1882, fifteen of these were published as large-format chromolithographs in the book The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings, issued by Scribner's in an edition of around 300 copies. Soon after, he was awarded the French Academy's Prix d'Valz, and later impact craters on both the Moon and Mars were named in his honor. Trouvelot was invited onto the staff of the Harvard College Observatory when the then director Joseph Winlock saw the quality of his illustrations, and in 1875 he was invited to use the U. S. Naval Observatory’s 26-inch refractor for a year. As well as his illustrations, Trouvelot was credited with discovering “veiled spots” on the Sun in 1875.
   Unfortunately, beautiful drawings of space are not what Trouvelot is best known for: an amateur entomologist, he accidentally spilled some eggs he had brought from France and thereby introduced the gypsy moth to North America, one of the most destructive pests to American forests.

     Measuring six inches in diamter and 3/16" deep, our new glass decoupage wall hangings add a dash of color and provide an interesting focal point to any room. Featuring 19th century German botantical lithographs, they utilize the English style of decoupage known as Under Glass or "Pitichomania." These wall hangings come with the necessary hardware for immediate hanging.

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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  • Details

    This hanging measures approximately six inches square. The relative thinness of the glass – just over 3/16” 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 back 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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