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    Sale 2825

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    30 June - 1 July 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 107

    A Dutch silver biscuit box and cover


    Price Realised  


    A Dutch silver biscuit box and cover
    designed by Christa Ehrlich, Zilverfabriek Voorschoten, 1928
    Of cylindrical form, the reeded cover with wood finial, marked to base
    16.3 cm. high
    gross 436 gr.

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    Post Lot Text

    Mapping the World;
    The Paul Peters Collection (lot 108-191)

    The art of cartography is an ancient one; the earliest maps, pinpointing the stars in the heavens were found on cave walls and are believed to be 8000 years old. The natural curiosity of mankind has led them not only to explore the world around them and beyond but also to map their discoveries and so aid further exploration in turn. These early maps depicted the local and sometimes regional geographic features. The first maps depicting the known world were made by the ancient Greeks, such as the map of the world by Aximander (c. 610 BC-c. 546 BC). By the first century BC, Ptolemy showed Brittain, the Iberian peninsula, the Northern coast of Africa, the Arabian peninsula and Asia as far as India, Ceylon and the South East Asian peninsula. Although Eratosthenes of Cyrene proved the earth was round in the third century B.C. this notion was not held as heretical by the early Christians untill Magellan proved them wrong by circumnavigating the globe in 1529. The idea that the earth was round was of course held by explorers in the 15th century, Columbus claimed to sail out in order to prove the hypothesis, the earth to be round, wrong (an argumentation designed to out trick the Inquisition). The fact that the earth was round gave rise to the globe, the only truly accurate way of mapping a round world. The oldest globe is Martin Behaim's Erdapfel, which was made in Nürnberg in 1492, just before Columbus' discovery of America. With the discovery of the printing process in the 16th century commercial production of Globes became possible. The first to do so was Gerard Mercator (1512-1594). His globes, always made in pairs (celestial and terrestrial), were a great commercial success. In the 17th century Amsterdam became the centre of Globe making, with the rivals Hondius-Janssonius and Blaeu as most important exponents. By the end of the 17th century the Dutch monopoly is broken by the French who are able to produce cartographically more advanced projections than the Dutch. From the 18th century onwards, the demand for globes rose to such an extent that centres for globe making became wide-spread, each serving a national demand. Historically the globe is an interesting record of the geographical knowledge (and ignorance) of the time in which it was produced as well as a reference for political and historical developments in the world - changing borders, and changing names, thereby helping us to date a globe through our knowledge of geo-politics. The globe - singular or as a pair was and still is, a status symbol, indicating intellect, curiosity and worldliness, as can be seen on the illustration of the Dimpfel Kunstkammer, painted in 1688, which has two large pairs of Globes and another suspended from the ceiling . What library is complete without a pair of globes? This collection offers a large selection of globes from pocket globes to the massive 30-inch globe by Phillips; with many of the lots offered without reserve they should satisfy your demand regardless of the depth of your pocket.

    Please note the lots 108-191 will be offered without reserve.
    These lots will be sold to the highest bidder regardless of the pre-sale estimate printed in the catalogue.