An anatomical heart model of of circa 1890’s made by the Auzoux Factory. Louis Thomas Auzoux was a French medical doctor who added papier-mache to the modelling process of anatomical models. The model has some erosion due to time, but is complete with parts and the original paper labels in latin.
Auzoux set up a workshop in his home town of Saint Aubin d’Ecrosville in 1827. His newly invented moulding techniques allowed him to re-produce his models. One of these works is our life-size heartmodel, modelled from papier-mache. Polychrome handpainted with egg-tempera and a finished with Russian fish varnish.
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Van Leest Antiques
Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.