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Release: Hold The World In Your Hands - Exceptional Printed Pocket Globe Anticipated To Break World Record Price, South Kensington April 2013


Christie’s is pleased to present the opportunity for collectors to bid for an exceptionally rare pocket globe. Measuring just 2 ¾ inches (7cm) in diameter, the Dutch pocket globe by Johannes Deur

South Kensington – Christie’s is pleased to present the opportunity for collectors to bid for an exceptionally rare pocket globe. Measuring just 2 ¾ inches (7cm) in diameter, the Dutch pocket globe by Johannes Deur dates from circa 1720 and is one of only a handful of examples known to exist, and is even contained within the original, silver-clasped, case. When it is offered within Christie’s bi-annual Travel, Science and Natural History auction on 24 April 2013, the piece is expected to realize between £15,000 and £25,000.

The globe is comprised of twelve hand-coloured engraved gores, heightened with gilt. The geography of the world looked very different: one can recognize the graduated equator, ecliptic and prime meridian; but no Antarctic continent is given, California is depicted as an Island, the coast of North-West Canada had yet to be explored, and there is no Australian East Coast, and only some of New Zealand. The hand-coloured engraved celestial gores on the inside of the case pick out the stars with varying amounts of gilt to symbolise six different degrees of brightness; the constellations are depicted with mythical beasts and figures.

James Hyslop, Specialist commented, “This is one of the best quality pocket globes I have ever seen come to market; the detail and quality of the engraving and hand-colouring is exquisite. It is a joy to behold and I think I was practically shaking with excitement when it came into Christie’s valuations counter! Not only is the cartography as beautiful as any of the maps produced by the Dutch master engravers, but it is of exceptional rarity with only three examples recorded: two in museums in Leiden and Krakow, and another that was with an art dealer from Amsterdam in 1891, location presently unknown. I am proud to be presenting collectors with the opportunity to bid on such an exceptional piece, and when it comes under the hammer in April we are anticipating a world record price for a printed pocket globe.”

The current world record price for a printed pocket globe is €27,402, achieved at an auction in October 2004.

About Christie’s
Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had global auction and private sales in 2011 that totaled £3.6 billion/$5.7 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie’s has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War and Contemporary, Impressionist and Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery. Private sales totaled £502 million / $808.6m in 2011, an increase of 44% on the previous year.

Christie’s has a global presence with 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

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