Featured Sale Items – P is for Perfect Presents

George Glazer Gallery is the place for unique holiday gifts from A to Z, but here are just a few filed under "P": Piranesi Prints, Pictorial Maps and Portrait Plaques. The Piranesi views of Roman ruins were produced in the 18th century for his famous Vedute series. The pictorial maps, all from the 1930s, include a historical map of Virginia and a pair of Daniel Wallingford's humorous maps of the United States from the parochial points of view of New Yorkers and Bostonians. The plaques portray King Henry IV of France, Catherine of Aragon (Queen Consort of King Henry VIII of England), a noble warrior, and the Man in the Moon.

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Sale prices in effect through December 15, 2018.


Arch of Titus

Piranesi's etching of the Arch of Titus shows the monument built in 82 AD at one of the entrances to the Roman Forum. This view features a relief inside the south panel of the arch commemorating a military victory by Titus in 70 AD showing the Romans carrying off spoils and ritual objects taken from the Temple in Jerusalem. Regularly $2,500, sale price $2,250. More information.

Arch of Constantine

Also on sale this month is his view of the Arch of Constantine, the largest of the ancient Roman triumphal arches. Located in Rome between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill, it was built by the Roman Senate in 315 AD and is covered with richly carved reliefs of figures. Piranesi included depictions of Roman life in his views, in this case, herders with their goats grazing nearby. Regularly $2,400, sale price $2,150. More information.


A New Yorker's Idea of the United States of America
Bostonian’s Idea of the United States of America

Above are a pair of humorous pictorial maps by Daniel Wallingford from the 1930s, one showing the New Yorker's Idea and the other the Bostonian's Idea of the United States. Each map is from the perspective of chauvinistic New Yorkers and Bostonians, respectively, with their home states greatly exaggerated in size. The rest of the country — with a few key exceptions — is treated as largely irrelevant, unimportant, or unknown. Regularly $750, the pair; sale price $675. More information.

Charles W. Smith's Historical Map of Virginia highlights the history and landmarks of the state, with dozens of small captioned illustrations distributed across the map at the general location of the event or landmark described. Published in 1930, the richly decorated map also includes inset maps, 34 small drawings along the borders, state seals and a compass rose, presided over by a smiling sun beaming beside the cartouche. Regularly $625, sale price $575. More information.


Portrait of a classical warrior, carved in high relief out of an irregularly shaped piece of walnut wood in the 19th century. The bearded warrior, perhaps Roman or Greek, wears a helmet decorated with a ram’s head. Regularly $600, sale price $550. More information.

Sleep tight under the watchful eye of the Man in the Moon, smiling down with his night cap on. The 14-inch painted cast iron plaque is mid 20th century and has a tab for wall hanging on top. Regularly $550, sale price $500. More information.

Catherine of Aragon
Henry IV, King of France

Give your room the royal treatment with this pair of handsome, dramatic medallion portrait plaques of Renaissance-era European royalty who were progressive for their time. Made of repoussé brass in walnut frames, each is 26.5 inches in diameter. One is of Henry IV (1553-1610), King of France (1589-1610) and King of Navarre (1572-1610), one of the most popular French kings, in part for his religious tolerance and major public works built during his reign. The other is of Catherine of Aragon (1485-1536), Queen consort and first wife of King Henry VIII of England. Even after Henry divorced her for failing to produce a male heir, she retained the affection and respect of the English people, and was a benefactor of the poor and a patron of Renaissance humanism. Regularly $1,800, the pair; sale price $1,600. More information.