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2020 Vision - January-February Newsletter

Envision adding antiques to your collection for 2020! This month's sale includes a tall table globe, a pocket globe in its original decorative box, natural history prints of parrots and seashells, and two nautical themed items — a colorful print and a wood plaque.

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Sale prices in effect through February 20, 2020.


Cary’s New Celestial Globe — a fine English tall table globe of the stars — is richly decorated with zodiac and other constellations figures, elegantly depicted by figures from classical mythology and by scientific instruments. The 12-inch diameter globe was made around 1800 and is raised on a mahogany stand in the Queen Anne taste. Regularly $9,500, sale price $6,750. More information.


The charming miniature Bauer 3.5-Inch Terrestrial Globe is in its original box with illustrated lid. This German-made globe dating to the mid 19th century was mostly likely produced to introduce children to the subject of geography — its simple geographical features were intended to teach relative cartography on a sphere. Place names on the globe are in English, suggesting it was made for export to England and America. Regularly $8,250, sale price $7,500. More information.


Escape the winter blues with hand-colored engravings of brilliantly colored parrots from Histoire Naturelle Des Oiseaux, the most important and comprehensive late-18th-century French ornithological color set, produced by the Count of Buffon. Drawn and engraved by François Martinet, the prints includes a broad spectrum of exotic tropical parrots and parakeets. Two shown above, others on our website. Regularly $650 each, sale price $500 each. More information.


Natural history studies of a variety of seashells from Neues Systematisches Conchylien-Cabinet, a pioneering natural history encyclopedia of shells edited by Martini & Chemnitz in 18th-century. They are arranged as collections by species in compositions combining scientific observation and aesthetic appreciation of the lively interplay of the natural colors, patterns, textures, and shapes of the shells. Shown above: Moon Snails, Plates 177 and 178. Regularly $400 each, sale price $325 each. More information.


Private Signals of the Merchants of Boston is a large broadside chromolithograph illustrating 112 Boston merchant flags with the names of each printed below. Published in Boston in the 1850s, it is decorated with a picture of a bald eagle and the Massachusetts state seal. Regularly $5,800, sale price $5,200. More information.


Circular hand-painted wooden sign designed to look like a ship’s steering wheel, made up of six curved sections and eight turned handles. Within the circular frame along the interior border are the names “HAMBURG AMERICAN LINE/ NORTH GERMAN LLOYD.” Regularly $1,500, sale price $1,350. More information.