The Urania lenticular box is made of a lacquered wooden box with a marquetry of lenticular images veneering the outside.
A lenticular effect is where the image has a trick of having two images flip to each other or appear to have 3D depth depending on how the viewer looks at it.
This box is veneered with a collage of lenticular images. The different directions of the lenticular grooves give a shimmer and movement to the veneer…definitely taking a common, cracker jacks-like novelty and taking it to a high level of decorative art. If I do say myself!
The box measures approximately 5.75″H by L 9.5″L by 6.5″W. It is off to our New York showroom, Profiles. Contact Russell Raitreri at 212-689-6903 if you are interested.
Jewelry for the table.
Hendrik Goltzius, 1592
Urania was one of the nine muses dedicated to inspiration in the arts and sciences.
She was the daughter of Zeus by Mnemossyne( goddess of memory, who knew?). Some accounts list her as the mother of children by the gods Apollo and Poseidon.
Urania is often associated with Atronomy and astrology. She is also connected to Universal Love and the Holy Spirit. Sometimes identified as the eldest of the divine sisters, Urania inherited Zeus’ majesty and power and the beauty and grace of her mother Mnemossyne.
Urania dresses in a cloak embroidered with stars and keeps her eyes and attention focused on the Heavens. She is usually represented with a celestial globe to which she points with a little staff. She is able to foretell the future by the arrangement of the stars.
Fresco fragment from Pompeii.
A Roman copy of a Greek original statue of Urania from Hadrian’s Villa, 4th century.
Yes, Urania has appeal in our current cultural climate.From TeraSArt, DeviantART, 2018. Where’s the globe? Stars? Heavenward gaze??