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February 10, 2009updated Jul 17, 2015

Garden Telescope Debuts In New York

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Four hundred years ago Galileo raised his telescope to the heavens and profoundly changed the way we understand the universe. Since then, many have been inspired by Galileo’s example, from Newton, Herschel and Halley to the immensely talented father of amateur telescope making, Russell Porter. Porter may be best known for his contributions to the design of the 200 inch Hale telescope, but he is most fondly remembered for the marvel he designed for the luxury market in the 1920s: the Porter Garden Telescope. It reminds us of a time when tools and instruments were artistically designed and masterfully engineered. The Porter Garden Telescope, a beautiful art nouveau botanical sculpture and a technically superior reflecting telescope, is a marriage of art and science.

Today, the Porter Garden Telescope is once more in production. It embraces 21st century technology yet retains the fluid lines which captivated the original owners over eighty years ago. A family heirloom and enduring investment, the bronze outdoor installation is limited to 200 units. Each one represents a collaboration of talented New England craftsmen and reflects the discriminating taste of all who choose to own it.

Allow the Porter Garden Telescope to capture your imagination by visiting the Nicholas Brawer Gallery, which specializes in historic, one-of-a kind objects from the golden age of travel, with a particular emphasis on nautical, aeronautical and motoring items, at 28 East 72nd Street, New York, New York, at Madison Avenue.

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