Auction 122, Lot 77

"Obraz Zemekoule Vydal J. Fekl a syn",

Subject: Globes

Period: 1880 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

8 x 17 inches
20.3 x 43.2 cm

This unusual globe, whose name translates to "Image of the Earth", features a large region in Europe that appears to be the Austro-Hungarian Empire, while Germany and Italy are shown as unified countries. Hawaii is still named as the Sandwich Islands, and the southern tip of Africa is called "Kapsko" rather than the "Union of South Africa". The globe's placenames are in Czech, and is constructed from twelve paper gores. The 10" sphere sits offset on a 6.5" turned, ebony colored wooden stem and is mounted on a 7" ebony wood base. Total height is 17.5". Made in Rostok by Felkl & Son, a firm that produced globes in 17 languages, 9 sizes and 10 different designs from 1855 to 1950.


Condition: B+

Very little surface soil. Varnish is yellowing. A 1.5" tear in the Atlantic Ocean does not affect any geography. Stem is good. Base has some flaking in its paint.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $650

Closed on 12/5/2007