March 2018 eNewsletter
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Spring Break Sale: Forbidden Fruit,
Great Globes & Other Treats

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Our Spring Break itinerary starts in Barbados, where Rev. Griffith Hughes encountered a grapefruit tree for the first time when he lived there in the 18th century; he dubbed it "the Forbidden Fruit Tree." Along with other plates from his Natural History of Barbados, it is on sale this month. Traveling north we find fine antique Boston Globes -- not the newspaper, but actual globes made in Boston in the 19th century by Josiah Loring and his successor Gilman Joslin. Crossing the Atlantic, we admire British thoroughbred horses of the early 20th century, in a print after sporting artist Alfred James Munnings and a set of four pastel drawings.

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Sale prices in effect through April 15, 2018.

Beach House Botanicals

Coconut Tree Forbidden Fruit (Grapefruit) Tree Banana Tree

We've just added over 20 hand-colored engravings of plants and marine life to our website, perfect for tropical decor. They are from Griffith Hughes's Natural History of Barbados, published in 1750. Most of the plates were drawn by Georg Dionysius Ehret, one of the foremost British natural history illustrators of the day. The work contained the first scientific report of the existence of the grapefruit, a natural hybrid that appeared on Barbados, which Hughes referred to as the Forbidden Fruit Tree (shown above center, regularly $950, sale price $850). Also shown above are a coconut palm at left and a banana tree at right (regularly $1,900 each, sale price $1,700 each).
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Boston Globes

Loring Pair of Globes

This handsome pair of 12-inch terrestrial and celestial globes on mahogany stands was produced by Josiah Loring in the 1830s and '40s. Each has a fully calibrated brass meridian and a horizon band with engraved paper calendar and zodiac. The terrestrial globe reflects the geography of the day, with some areas of North America labeled with the names of Native American tribes and Alaska called Russian America. The celestial globe shows the constellations elegantly depicted by figures of mythical beasts and scientific instruments, and the stars scaled to nine orders of magnitude.

Regularly $18,000, the pair; sale price $16,200.
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Joslin Solar Telluric Globe

In the 1850s Loring's successor, Gilman Joslin, introduced his innovative Solar Telluric Globe, a demonstration device for studying principles of astronomy related to the earth's revolution around the sun, such as night and day, world time, changes of seasons, and eclipses. The 6-inch terrestrial globe rotates around a small central brass sun sphere above a rococo cast iron platter with a gearwork mechanism.

Regularly $7,500, sale price $6,750.
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Front Runners

A Summer Evening -- Cliveden

Waldorf Astor and his horse trainer review a line of mares and foals on A Summer Evening -- Cliveden, Astor's British country house in Buckinghamshire (shown left). This print after British painter Sir Alfred James Munnings was published by the venerable firm Frost & Reed and is signed by the artist.

Regularly $1,350, sale price $1,200.
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Pastel portraits of four outstanding British thoroughbreds from the early 1900s: steeplechase champion Ambush II and three racehorses: St. Amant, Cicero and Spearmint (three shown below). Executed in 1906 as informal sketches, they are mounted in their original oak frames and have a distinct Edwardian country house "look."

Regularly $2,400, sale price $2,150.
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New York on Ice: Skating in the City (from our February eNewsletter)

Skating Broadside

This scarce decorative advertising broadside from the 1860s (above) is currently on loan from the George Glazer Gallery to a temporary exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. New York on Ice — currently on view until April 15th — is an entertaining look at the history of ice skating in the city (installation photo right). The print is featured in a section on the skating craze in the mid 19th century, when the Central Park Lake drew huge crowds of New Yorkers of all ages and social classes. The broadside advertises skating equipment sold by a Lower Manhattan sporting goods store in a playful composition that is over three feet wide.
Regularly $4,250, the pair; sale price $3,800.
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Skating exhibition

Skating & Skiing (from our February eNewsletter)

Skating in the Moonlight

Or how about Skating in the Country? Skating Scene — Moonlight is one of Currier & Ives' picturesque American rural winter scenes, with couples and individuals taking to the ice surrounded by a pine forest by the light of a full moon. The trees and some fallen branches in the foreground are coated with snow. This print was ranked among the 50 best small folio Currier & Ives prints by the American Historical Print Collectors Society.

Regularly $1,800, the pair; sale price $1,600.
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Ski jumper

A skier takes flight on a downhill run above a snow-covered hill, a cloud of powder snow falling from his skis, in this 1936 watercolor. The artist, Wayne Davis, was himself a proficient skier, and produced popular etchings and watercolors of ski scenes and aviation subjects.

Regularly $2,250, the pair; sale price $2,000.
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Winter Carnival (from our February eNewsletter)

Montreal Winter Carnival

Composite moonlit views of the 1884 Montreal Winter Carnival. The main scene centers on a huge ice palace with a procession of men with torches, visitors, and horse-drawn sleighs. Inset views show tobogganers on a steep hill and ice skaters in festive costume celebrating winter. The print is highlighted with glitter, giving a snow blown effect. It was published by A. Major, a company with offices in Brooklyn and Montreal.

Regularly $1,600, the pair; sale price $1,450.
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On the World Stage (from our February eNewsletter)

Bardin table globe World map on Mercator's Projection

This handsome 12-inch terrestrial table globe on a tripod mahogany stand was made in London around 1782 by William Bardin. Getting into the Olympic spirit, we located "Corea" on the globe, as it was then spelled (see detail in masthead above). There's lots more fascinating cartography to explore, representing the state of geographic knowledge at the time, and the globe includes the routes of all Captain Cook's round-the-world voyages, as well as the those of other explorers.
Regularly $29,000, sale price $26,000. More information.

Wall map of the world on Mercator's Projection decorated with allegorical engravings of the four major continents, showing native peoples, flora, fauna, and an outline map. The border of repeating naturalistic sea shells surrounds a secondary border of flags of the world. Published in 1851 by Ensign & Thayer, the United States is shown with relatively early western cartography.
Regularly $8,500, the pair; sale price $7,500. More information.

Birds & Butterflies... (from our January eNews)

Frisch rooster Frisch rooster

Pair of hand-colored engravings of roosters from Johann Frisch's compendium on German birds, which was possibly the earliest publication on domestic birds in Europe, in 1733-63. Gallina pumila (far left) and the tailless species Gallus non caudatus (left) face each other in black and gold frames.

Regularly $1,600, the pair; sale price $1,400.
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Set of four framed plates from Moses Harris's highly regarded Enlightenment Era natural history work on English butterflies and moths (shown right with detail far right). Drawn after live specimens, the insects are portrayed in lively compositions that are both scientifically correct and artistically appealing.

Regularly $3,600, set of four; sale price $3,250.
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Harris butterflies Harris butterflies

...& Blossoms (from our January eNews)

Besler roses Besler roses in mirror frame

Antique print of roses, one of the most desirable plates from the first great botanical folio, Besler's Garden of Eichst├Ątt, showing four varieties, each identified with its Latin name (above left). The hand-colored engraving is mounted in a decorative triple matt and mirrored frame (above right).

Regularly $3,250, sale price $2,900.
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Kings of Wall Street (from our January eNews)

Kings of Wall Street New York Stock Exchange

Root & Tinker's group portrait of The Kings of Wall Street 1882 shows 10 leading businessmen, industrialists and financiers, including Cyrus W. Field, Russell Sage, Jay Gould, William Henry Vanderbilt, and August Belmont (above left).

Regularly $4,900, sale price $4,500.
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The bustling trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange around 1960 was captured in watercolor by John Moodie, a prominent book, magazine and advertising artist of the period who also served as president of the Society of Illustrators (above right).

Regularly $2,700; sale price $2,400.
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Racing to the Destination (from our January eNews)

The three exclamation points in the title of this print capture the great public enthusiasm that greeted The Taglioni!!!, a glamorous four-in-hand horse-drawn stagecoach that made its debut on the road between London and Windsor in 1837 (right). The shiny black coach is pulled by a team of four gleaming horses. The driver, seven aristocratic men in top hats and long coats and two footmen in uniforms of white trousers and blue jackets and caps sit on benches atop the coach.

Regularly $600, sale price $550.
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The Taglioni

Limited edition print portrait of the prizewinning Hall of Fame thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit issued in 1940 by equestrian painter Franklin Voss (left). During the 1930s, Seabiscuit captured the public imagination with his improbable "rags to riches" racing career. In recent years, his story was the subject of an award-winning book and a major motion picture. Voss was a prolific illustrator who completed more than 500 commissions of race horses, hunting horses and equestrian scenes in the period between 1920 and 1950.

Regularly $2,700, sale price $2,400.
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