London, South Kensington
28 November 2001
An early 19th-Century planetarium,
unsigned, the ivorine sunball on a rod with seven planet arms, each with a small fluted ebony sphere, those for Earth, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus with arms for one, two, four and two moons respectively, raised on a baluster-turned brass column to a circular plinth base, the underside with an applied hand-written label 427/1400, with a turned and ebonised wooden stand -- 15½in. (39.4cm.) high; 22in. (55.9cm.) wide (maximum)
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The eighth planet of the solar system, Neptune, absent here, was officially discovered on the night of 23 September 1846 by astronomers at Berlin Observatory, working under the French astronomer Urbain Leverrier.
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