Friday, 1 January 2010

M/M Christie's Travel, Science and Natural History ~ South Kensington ~ 22 April 2010

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Christie’s South Kensington’s Travel, Science and Natural History sale encompasses the Golden Age of Colonial Exploration in the 18th and 19th centuries and the scientific discoveries made during the Age of the Enlightenment.

This exciting sales category contains a broad spectrum of items ranging from the written accounts of voyages made by early travellers and the navigational and scientific instruments they used, to the paintings, prints, maps, atlases and globes that resulted from those expeditions into newly discovered lands.

Highlights from the upcoming sale include a rare set of handcoloured lithographs by Emily Eden (1797-1869) entitled Portraits of the Princes & Peoples of India, probably one of only a few published in this form (estimate: £15,000-20,000, illustrated left) as well as two sets of Thomas Sopwith’s innovative geological models (a set of twelve, estimate: £6,000-10,000; a set of six, estimate: £4,000-6,000). Sopwith’s models were the first three-dimensional geological teaching tools made; comprised of over 500 separate pieces of wood, they represent coal seams from Northumberland.