A fine terrestrial globe by Felkl. Jan Felkl (1817-1887) was one of the most prolific globe manufacturers of the late 19th century. Working in Rostok and Prague, he produced globes in seventeen languages, and pioneered the concept of gradated toning to portray elevation. This globe shows St. Petersburg, the Austro-Hungarin and Ottoman Empires, dating it to circa 1885. The cartouche is signed: Obraz Zennekoule – Sestavil – Jos Erben, Vydal J. Felkl a Syn, v. Roztokach n Prag. Felkl brought his son into the firm in 1870. The globe is in very fine condition, with good detail, fine color, almost complete varnish coverage, and an ebonized turned wooden base in excellent condition.
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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.