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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
5 Best Booths at the Winter Antiques Show in New York
Arader Galleries What is the “most important map in American history”? Arader Galleries claims to have it, and has written out this declaration in big block letters above the 6-and-a-half-foot long linen cartographic engraving of North America. Combining information from both the British and French, the 1773 Mitchell Map represented the boundaries of the United States for the first time. It was what diplomats used in the Treaty of Paris of 1783 that ended the Revolutionary War, and later determined the border between the US and Canada. Sold for $350,000, the map comes with the original marbleized slipcase.
Nearby, transfer-print watercolors by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) — a German-born natural history illustrator who left her husband and traveled with her daughter to Suriname, on the coast of northern South America, in 1699 — also document the natural world in exquisite detail. The anatomic studies include a harlequin beetle, jelly-green colored caterpillars, and owlet moth with tendrilled antae, among other winged and creeping creatures.