Antiques Campaign | Rating: 1700 Cornelis Danckaerts world map | Season 28 | Episode 5

Antiques Campaign |  Rating: 1700 Cornelis Danckaerts world map |  Season 28 |  Episode 5

Guest: It originally belonged to my grandmother, and I remember it being the 1950s, it looked old at the time.

(Laughs) And she had it in her apartment in New York City.

When she moved into assisted living in the 1980s, she couldn’t bring most of her belongings.

Appraiser: Aw.

Guest: And I’ve always liked it, so I asked if I could have it.

I had just acquired a couple of pieces of art from her, but no one in the family really knew where they came from.

Appraiser: mm.

Guest: So, uh… Appraiser: Well, your grandmother had very good taste, because this map is a baroque masterpiece.

Guest: His Majesty the King.

Appraiser: It’s very cool and very unusual.

Even the title itself is not easy to translate.

It’s something like a “New World play.”

The projection is unusual.

It is an equidistant polar azimuthal projection.

Guest: (laughing): I’ll take your word for it… Appraiser: This is a difficult thing to say.

Guest: …your word for that.

Appraiser: Well, it’s kind of, in other words, it’s kind of me, imagining the world, and showing the world like an orange peel.

Guest: Mm-hmm.

Appraiser: So that there is no priority for one country.

Guest: Sure.

Appraiser: This is a great way to look at the world.

In fact, can you think of an organization that uses this projection today to represent itself?

Guest: United Nations.

Evaluator: The United Nations, exactly– it, it…

It is one of the most neutral ways of looking at the world.

Your map is the second version of this map.

So, we know this because your book is written by Cornelis Dankertz, down here.

Guest: Okay.

The Appraiser: Now, he’s a Dutch geographer and engraver, and once he puts his name on the map, it means it was printed in the year 1700.

Guest: Wow.

(Laughs) Appraiser: So it’s very old.

Well, yes, the first edition was in 1696.

Guest: Okay.

Analyst: Around the map, uh, 24 hours a day, and then surrounding it are the months of the year.

Guest: Oh, okay.

Octagon: This adds to the beautiful design.

Geographically, there are some cool facts, like here, uh, New Holland is the name of New York, so you can see the Dutch claims to the lands.

California is depicted as an island.

Guest: (laughs) Appraiser: …which is very popular with collectors.

The design or frame surrounding the title is also unusual.

Typically, during the 17th century, the four corners were shown to represent the rest of the world.

Guest: Okay.

Analyst: What we have here is all four continents hanging out in a park together…

Guest: Huh.

Appraiser: …on both sides.

So, instead of giving priority to the colonists or whoever designed the map…

Guest: Sure.

Appraiser: …They’re all here in this green garden.

At the top, we have mythological scenes, perhaps Hera with her peacock.

So it represents the sky, and it’s possible that Zeus is on the other side.

Guest: Okay.

The Appraiser: In this case, Cornelis Dankertz asked Jacob Harwin to do the design.

That’s why it’s artistic and unique.

Guest: Oh.

The Appraiser: I haven’t seen any other map from this period that has this kind of sky and then the rest of the whole earth hanging in the lower garden.

Furthermore, you have what I believe to be the original coloring.

So that it was painted when it was engraved.

Guest: Wow.

The Appraiser: We know this from the great blues music.

The blue color is likely lapis lazuli, which is difficult to obtain.

She came from Afghanistan.

Guest: Mm-hmm, wow.

Appraiser: So you have a great engraving, amazing engravings by an artist, and perhaps hand coloring by a mapmaker or artist.

This is what places your map in the world of masterpieces.

Guest: Wow.

(Laughs) Appraiser: So, it’s multiple.

There was a lot to be made of.

How many of them are left in the world, we don’t know.

Guest: Oh, that’s great.

Appraiser: Do you have any idea what your grandmother paid for it?

Guest: No, I… Not evidence– Not evidence, I… Appraiser: Okay.

People didn’t keep receipts back then.

Guest: Certainly not.

Appraiser: And there’s nothing in the back.

Guest: No.

Appraiser: In a retail environment…

Guest: Mm-hmm?

Appraiser: …I would put a value on it between $10,000 and $12,000.

Guest: Well, wow.

This is amazing.

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