This issue features a beautiful 17th-century print of noble patrons being shown a magnificent globe made by Coronelli for King Louis XIV, horses from a royal Spanish stable, and a fancy French armillary with internal orrery. We also are offering a fascinating 16th-century engraving celebrating advances in technology. Meanwhile, if you were born in the sign of Pisces you have a birthday coming up — we celebrate the Sign of the Fishes with an Art Deco plaque and colorful 19th-century fish prints.
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A KING'S GRAND GLOBE
This 1689 engraving, by the renowned Venetian cartographer and globe maker Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, commemorates the celebrated Marly Globes — a pair of gigantic and elaborate terrestrial and celestial globes commissioned for Louis XIV. These spectacular globes measure about 12.5 feet in diameter and weigh over 3,000 pounds each. Today they are displayed hanging from the ceiling in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. Regularly $3,200, sale price $2,750. More information.
KING OF THE WORLD
Early 20th-century French Copernican armillary sphere of traditional form, incorporating an orrery to demonstrate the movements of the planets in the solar system. A wooden sphere represents the sun, surrounded by an orrery with 10 rotating brass arms, each ending with a disc indicating a planet or asteroid. A spherical brass Earth rotates on a separate apparatus. Regularly $6,600, sale price $6,000. More information.
UNDER THE SIGN OF PISCES
This Pisces Zodiac Plaque is cast in nickel-plated bronze, with the two Art Deco fish facing opposite directions and connected by rope between two slightly curved parallel bars, one with the word “Pisces” and the other with the zodiac symbol. Regularly $1,350, sale price $1,200. More information.
PECES FOR PISCES
Fishing around for other Pisces-related pieces, here are three late 19th century natural history chromolithographs with colorful illustrations of marine life published in Barcelona by Antonio J. Bastinos. Regularly $250 each, sale price $225 each. More information.
MY KINGDOM FOR A HORSE
Two old master horse portraits from a series of 43 engravings depicting different breeds from the stables of John of Austria (1547-1578), son of Emperor Charles V. Above: an Apulian horse and a Spanish one. These two prints were originally engraved after works by Flemish painter and draftsman Stradanus and published in Antwerp in the late 16th century by Philips Galle. Regularly $975, the pair, sale price $900. More information.
IT'S A NEW WORLD
Stradanus and Galle also produced this richly illustrated title page for Nova Reperta [New Inventions of Modern Times] in 1591, incorporating a map and symbols of some of the inventions and discoveries of the post-classical era from the printing press and the mechanical clock to silk production and distillery equipment. An allegorical figure of a young woman representing the future enters the landscape and points to a map of the New World, as a corresponding figure of an elderly bearded man, representing the past, is walking away. Regularly $2,800, sale price $2,500. More information.