An anatomical model of a fetus on a stand. It is an imprint of a human fetus, according to the moulding lines on the model. The mould is cast in plaster and polychrome painted. On a part of the fetus, the skin is prepared away so that the musculature is visible. Possibly from a museum given the label signed on a wooden base with the initials: F.D. S. 47. – 6. This could indicate that the model was made in 1947. Considering the length of the fetus, 16 cm, the age of the fetus will be about 17 weeks. Dimensions 17 x 11 x 23 cm.
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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.