This issue, we offer armchair adventures while actual travel is on hold. Sail the waterways of Cape Cod and Cape Ann with two vintage pictorial maps by native New Englander Coulton Waugh, discover a bygone world with table globes from the early 20th century, follow a black fox over the fields, and admire some fine feathered friends. Wishing all our customers a healthy spring!
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A TALE OF TWO CAPES
Coulton Waugh celebrated the seafaring history of his native Massachusetts in these pictorial maps of Cape Cod (1930) and Cape Ann (1927). Both show homes, churches, important buildings, local flora and fauna, and historic ships, surrounded by elaborate decorative borders incorporating nautical motifs, floral patterns, and inset illustrations in a style reminiscent of 19th-century woodcuts.
ISTANBUL WAS CONSTANTINOPLE
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.
Philips’ Graphic Globe is a 4-inch terrestrial globe set on a simple tripod brass stand. It was made in London between around 1900 and 1914 by George Philip & Son, one of the major globe producers of the 20th century. Regularly $1,250, sale price $1,100. More information.
IT'S JUST A PHASE HE'S GOING THROUGH
Painting of a black fox by the popular wildlife artist Frederick Sweney (1912-1996). Black foxes are red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in the color phase where the pelt is mostly black. Sweney produced the artwork for the Brown & Bigelow publishing company’s wildlife calendars for 10 years and this painting was previously in the collection of the company's Gallery of American Art. Regularly $1,300, sale price $1,175. More information.
FANCY FEATHERED FEET
An original watercolor of a pair of prize Light Brahma Chickens with fancy feathered feet by Edwin Megargee, a leading American painter of purebred animals during the 20th century. This painting was reproduced as one of 70 illustrations for The Book of Poultry, commissioned from Megargee for the first edition, which was published in 1912. Regularly $1,800, sale price $1,600. More information.