Earth and Moon
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2022. Hardcover. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She designs, prints, and binds all of her books and builds (by hand) all of her sculptural items.
This mysterious device is made of painted wood, brass, and paper-covered wooden beads depicting the earth and moon. The elaborate base has two levels, one supported by round wooden balls and the other by oval antiqued brass fittings.
The earth and moon are suspended on brass circles which lie on a bed of gears and dials, but the parts aren’t movable. That, and the fact that the rotational paths of both bodies aren’t in the least realistic, make this a tool for a magician rather than a scientist.
Size: 2 5/8 x 2 x 1 1/2 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/032023. Fine.