In this issue: As the world turns, we sail back to the mid 19th century with elegant world maps published in Italy and the U.S., pick up a pocket globe that features a foldout print of the world's peoples, and deck the halls with a Deco style globe. We get to play judge and jury with a gavel and a historically important New York City rotating jury selection box. Then we take off for a tropical getaway with an antique banana tree print and a modernist watercolor of a coconut palm.
Sale prices in effect through December 20, 2020.
This elegantly drawn Double Hemisphere Map of the World was published in Milan by the venerable Vallardi firm in 1862. The large steel plate engraving with outline hand color is subtitled "for the use of scholars of modern geography." It's labeled in Italian, so the Louisiana Purchase region of the United States becomes "Luigiana." Regularly $700, sale price $600. More information.
TRAVEL THE WORLD AND THE SEVEN SEAS
Colton's Map of The World on Mercator's Projection is a detailed, large lithograph map published in 1856. The oceans show the tracks of explorations by Cook, Clarke, Vancouver, and de La Perouse. Also shown is the route of the USS Vincennes, the first US Navy ship to circumnavigate the world. Numerous ships are illustrated as well. Regularly $900, sale price $800. More information.
THE EARTH AND ITS INHABITANTS
Open the original box and you'll find a miniature terrestrial globe with a long, accordion-fold hand-colored print of 24 connected panels. Each shows a person of a different nationality in native dress with titles in English, German, and French. It is among a number of versions generally attributed to the Bauer family — produced in Germany in the mid 19th century for the English and Continental markets. Regularly $6,500, sale price $5,800. More information.
DECO THE HALLS
This C.S. Hammond 9-Inch Table Globe of the world from the 1930s is mounted on an Art Deco Bakelite black stand that is equally at home in a contemporary or traditional decor, and would make a great holiday gift. Regularly $1,050, sale price $950. More information.
INTO THE JURY SELECTION POOL
Courtroom 318 was the location of many famous trials of notorious figures at the Foley Square Courthouse in New York City. Here's a memento from the room where they happened. The rotating octagonal box with a gummed label bearing the room number is made with solid wood and attractive veneers. Paper stubs were placed inside the box and mixed by turning the knob to randomly select jurors. Regularly $3,200, sale price $2,900. More information.
YOU BE THE JUDGE
This is the Silver Gavel Award for 1963 presented to NBC by the American Bar Association in recognition of The Judge, a television drama that aired on the network. The inscription on the gavel cites the drama’s contribution “to understanding of the judge’s role and the ethical principles surrounding the judicial office.” Sold. More information.
BANANA IN BLOOM
Natural history study of a flowering banana tree, rendered with scientific precision by Georg Dionysus Ehret, the dominant influence in botanical art during the 18th century. The rendering shows the trunk, leaves, flowers, and formation of the fruit at the end of the flowering stalk. Regularly $1,100, sale price $975. More information.
I'VE GOT A LOVELY BUNCH OF COCONUTS
You can almost feel the tropical breezes in this watercolor of a palm tree by Sàndor Bernàth. The composition is centered on a cluster of coconuts framed by the sweeping shapes of the fronds. In the 1970s, Bernàth relocated to a beach house in Honduras, where he painted the seaside landscape. Regularly $2,100, sale price $1,900. More information.