Notes: Extremely rare, unusually structured but very decorative and large vintage periodic table of elements. Reminiscent of graphic design work from the contemporary Bauhaus or the 'De Stijl'-movement.
The first widely recognized periodic table was famously published by Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869. He developed it to illustrate periodic trends in the properties of the then-known elements. Mendeleev's periodic table has since been expanded and refined but in 1925 it was still early days in its development.
This table of chemical elements is dated 1925 and was published by Koehler & Volckmar in Leipzig, Germany. The element Rhenium (discovered the same year) is already included. Element 43 on the other hand (many of whose properties were predicted by Mendeleev before it was discovered) is here called 'Masurium'. A team of German scientists reported its discovery in 1925 but the results could never be reproduced. It took until 1936 to confirm the discovery of Element 43, or 'Technetium' as it has been called since then.
Offset-print on paper, mounted on canvas and fixed to two wooden dowels, vibrant colors, some creasing, discoloration, cracks along the centre towards the top of the chart, and minor losses in the paper at the top (please see picture). Some handwritten (chalk and crayon) additions to the table but overall good condition considering its age and use.