The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Sotheby's to offer two rare surviving 17th-century wall maps of Australia and Asia
A new and Accurat Map of the World. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Two rare wall maps from the 17th century have been rediscovered in a private Italian residence in Italy, where they are believed to have remained since the late 19th century. Both maps are by Joan Blaeu (1596-1673), who, like his father before him (Willem Jansz. Blaeu, c. 1570-1638), was the leading atlas and map publisher of his generation in Amsterdam, the European centre of cartographic publishing at the time.

Willem and Joan Blaeu were successively the official Cartographers to the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie), and as such were given unfettered access to the Company's archives of unpublished manuscript materials. They were able to incorporate this privileged information, assembled from the many voyages made by the company’s ships, into their elaborate and highly-prized maps which were often given as prestigious official gifts by the Dutch Republic to foreign dignitaries.

The rarest and most important part of their output was their series of wall-maps: and Sotheby’s London will offer two rare surviving examples depicting Australia and Asia in the Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History sale on 9 May 2017. They are estimated at £200,000-250,000 and £60,000-80,000 respectively.

Richard Fattorini, Sotheby’s Director in Books and Manuscripts said: “It is wonderful to find a pair of wall maps in their original unrestored condition, retaining the linen and rollers as decorated for an early, or possibly the first, owner. Wall-maps, by their very nature, are susceptible to damage; mounted on a linen backing, with wooden rods, suspended on a wall, they could be subjected to careless handling, sunlight, heat, damp and soot. They often have a very poor survival rate as, once damaged or geographically superseded, they were readily discarded. As a consequence, they are often found in a frail state.”

Some of the finest surviving examples of Blaeu’s work can be found in the British Library. The Klencke Atlas, a volume of mostly Blaeu wall-maps, was assembled by a group of Dutch merchants and presented to Charles II on his restoration to the throne of England in 1660. Preserving forty-two rare maps, it is one of the largest atlases ever published, measuring 176 by 231 cm when opened.

Joan Blaeu, Archipelagus Orientalis sive Asiaticus. Amsterdam, 1659, 158.7 by 117.4 cm £200,000-250,000 / US$ 248,320-310,400
In his capacity as Cartographer to the Dutch East India Company, Blaeu had access to the company's records of the ongoing exploration of the coasts of Australia. These included the earliest recorded European landfall, by the Dutch ship Duyfken in 1606, up to the more extensive exploration conducted by Abel Janszoon Tasman in 1642-1643 and 1644.

This wall-map of Australia, with the outlying islands of the East Indies remains Blaeu’s most important depiction of the region - a landmark in the European cartography of Australia.

For the first time Australia is named “Nova Hollandia”. "Nova Zeelandia" and the discoveries of Tasman are first shown, notably with the hint of van Diemen's land.

The map is extremely rare and complete with the three side panels of descriptive text. The inclusion of Blaeu’s imprint is of particular significance; the map is possibly one of two known surviving copies in this state.

We have been unable to locate another example of this state of the map appearing at auction or in dealers' catalogues. A later printing was auctioned in Sweden, and subsequently acquired by the National Library of Australia; this appears to have been the only example to appear in trade, until the discovery of this first printing.

Joan Blaeu Asiae Descriptio Novissima Amsterdam, 1659 117 x 155cm £60,000 — 80,000 / US$ 74,496 - 99,328
This highly important wall map of Asia is a summation of the best contemporary Dutch knowledge of the region at the time, assembled from the many voyages of trade and discovery sent out by the Dutch East India Company. An important insertion is the greatly improved depiction of China taken from Martinus Martini's atlas of China, published by Blaeu in 1654.

The map is of the greatest rarity, complete with the three side panels of descriptive text. It is particularly important as having the text bearing Blaeu's imprint, so the whole entity emanates from the Blaeu workshop, and is possibly one of two known surviving copies in this state. We have been unable to locate another example of this map appearing at auction or in dealers' catalogues.

Today's News

May 2, 2017

Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. presents works by Takegoshi Jun and Nakamura Takuo

First major exhibition in 20 years dedicated to Stuart Davis on view in San Francisco

First exhibition to focus solely on Arbus’ photographs made in Central Park opens in New York

Sotheby's to offer two rare surviving 17th-century wall maps of Australia and Asia

Paul Kasmin opens two-venue exhibition of recent sculpture by Roxy Paine

Galerie Max Hetzler exhibits ceremonial masks and wooden sculpture

Houghton Hall opens exhibition of sculptures by Richard Long

Phillips announces highlights from the Evening and Day Sales of 20th Century & Contemporary Art

35-year retrospective of painter Kerry James Marshall on view in Los Angeles

Prints & Multiples brings $10.8 million at Sotheby's New York

Almine Rech Gallery in Brussels presents works by Brian Calvin

Words and Stars: Mart in Rovereto exhibits works by artist Grazia Toderi and writer Orhan Pamuk

Fresh to the market paintings lead Bonhams American Art Sale

NADA announces Max Warsh as Associate Program Director, launch of member exhibition guide

Exhibition places work by Elaine Sturtevant among examples of nineteenth-century Salon caricature

Galerie Urs Meile opens exhibition of works by Li Gang

Galerie Rabouan Moussion exhibits works by Mehdi-Georges Lahlou

Exhibition of three films by artist Cameron Jamie on view at Gladstone Gallery

Exhibition brings together a selection of works inspired by the figure of the Cowboy

Exhibition of works by Stefan Kürten on view at NextLevel Galerie

Offer Waterman to show works by Hockney, Moore, and Auerbach at TEFAF New York

Art Gallery of New South Wales announces Tomislav Nikolic as recipient of the Bulgari Art Award

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Rare 1943 Lincoln Cent sells for $204,000 at Heritage Auctions

2.- Exhibition is the first to shed light on the phenomenon of the princely painter

3.- Nathaniel Silver named new Curator of the Collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

4.- Rijksmuseum van Oudheden explores the mystical world of the ancient Egyptian gods

5.- Media error draws misleading reports on sale of 1943 Bronze Lincoln Cent

6.- Four men deny giant gold coin heist from Berlin's Bode Museum

7.- Tanya Bonakdar Gallery presents an immersive installation by Charles Long

8.- Egypt says stolen pharaonic tablet repatriated from United Kingdom

9.- Israeli museum under fire over 'McJesus' exhibit

10.- Claremont Rug Company founder Jan David Winitz reveals major shifts in high-end antique Oriental rug market

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful