In this issue: Need a last minute gift? Our current sale items include affordable 19th and 20th century table globes; historical pictorial maps of New York and Greenwich; an unusual tall, narrow map of Manhattan from 1868; charming vintage watercolor paintings of birds; and a miniature spiral staircase.
Sale prices in effect through January 20, 2020.
WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND
Colorful block print view of John Finley Walk in Winter, an elevated walk over the East River in Carl Schurz Park, a tranquil oasis in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan’s Upper East Side — not far from the George Glazer Gallery. This is among the many prints by Woldemar Neufeld that lovingly documented New York City over 50 years ago. Regularly $1,450, sale price $1,300. More information.
THE WORLD HAS ITS LIMITS
This Gilman Joslin 10-inch globe sits on a stand of ebonized wood that makes a dramatic contrast with the cream-colored terrestrial globe. Interesting features of this c. 1890s globe include The Great Wall of China and lines showing the northern and southern “Limit of Wood,” “Limit of Grain,” “Limit of the Vine,” and “Limit of Bananas.” Regularly $2,250, sale price $2,000. More information.
THE WORLD THANKS ATLAS FOR HIS CONTINUING SUPPORT
The mythological Atlas held up the world, and so does the Rand McNally atlas inside the mahogany base of a 12-inch terrestrial globe. Produced in the 1930s, the atlas was intended to provide a handy additional geographical reference (more detailed than the globe) and an index, for use with the globe. Regularly $1,800, sale price $1600. More information.
AND SHE'S BUYING A STAIRWAY
When she gets here she knows, if the stores are all closed, with a word she can get what she came for — a spiral mahogany model staircase.* Made in the late 20th century, it stands 14 inches high on a circular base. Regularly $750, sale price $675. More information.
*And if it makes you wonder, this can be ordered by emailing the gallery.
MAKE A BRAND NEW START OF IT IN OLDE NEW YORK
Nieuw Amsterdam and New York 1789-1939 — this lively pictorial map of Lower Manhattan evidently was published as a 150th anniversary souvenir of the year that New York City became the first national capital of the United States. George Washington was inaugurated there as the first president at Federal Hall. It was drawn by artist Arthur Zaidenberg who also painted murals, taught at NYU, and wrote popular books on drawing. Regularly $1,600, sale price $1,450. More information.
YE SAY YE WANT YE REVOLUTION
Greenwich, Connecticut at the Time of Ye Revolution, 1775-1800 by Roger H. Selchow is another pictorial map based on American history created in 1939. “Drawn after careful research” in the Art Deco style, it commemorates “Ye 300th Anniversary of Greenwich” from 1640 to 1940. Regularly $1,500, sale price $1,350. More information.
A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME
Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Chipping Sparrows perch on conifer branches in this charming pair of watercolors. They were painted in the 1950s by prolific bird artist Earnest A. Steffen with his characteristic attention to detail and composition. He lived in Iowa and achieved the lifelike effects in his ornithology paintings through patient field observation of wild birds. Please also inquire about our numerous other Steffen paintings of a large variety of American birds in the same size and format. Regularly $850, the pair; sale price $750. More information.
NARROW NEW YORK
At 43 inches tall overall, this hand-colored Map of the City of New York presents a detailed picture of Manhattan and surroundings in 1868. Published by Joseph Shannon, it shows Central Park (“843 Acres”) then under construction and five years from completion. Regularly $800, sale price $725. More information.