Robb Design Portfolio: Power Trip

In 1768, when the future King Gustav II of Sweden gave this pair of finely detailed globes to the French duchess d’Enville, it was a gesture freighted with meaning. Made by Anders Akerman, Sweden’s best mapmaker, each globe was engraved with what was known about the earth and the heavens. The world still held mysteries: The terrestrial globe identifies Australia as “New Hol­land” and New Zealand as part of Antarctica. The celestial globe more accurately charts the stars. In its stand, each measures 37 inches high and 24 inches in diameter; only five or six of this type and vintage are known, and three decades have passed since a pair was offered for sale. Mallett (212.249.8783, www.mallettantiques.com) is presenting this duo for $475,000. Though there are reasons to believe the gift had romantic intentions, Mallett’s Henry Neville notes that Gustav’s present was not meant for the duchess alone: He also hoped to impress her father, the duc de la Rochefoucauld. “As in all diplomatic presents, there is a personal element and a public element,” Neville says. “This was an influential present from a powerful Swede to a powerful Frenchman.”

When the air had cleared after the frenzy of New York’s spring art auctions, players and spectators...
This circa-1900 pink-swirl marble is in what Dan Morphy calls “wet mint condition,” or as pristine...
Photo by Bob Tursack
Maya Angelou’s art collection focused on works by African-American masters...
The display is part of a hotel-wide renovation that will be completed by the end of the year...
Heritage Auctions will also offer Mickey Mantle’s rookie card and Mike Ditka’s Super Bowl playbook…
Photo by Cordero Studios⁄corderostudios.com
Charles and Judy Tate assembled a world-class collection of Latin American art—and then gave it all...
Photo by The Strong, Rochester, N.Y.
The American game culture is almost as old as the country itself...
Photograph by Ron Pierson, courtesy of Guernsey's
The bounty from the sunken ship includes 40 tons of silver and gold valued at $450 million…
Photo by Michael Richter
Visitors trekked to Maastricht, the Netherlands, for the March opening day of the European Fine Art...
The 13 new portraits include images of Douglas Cramer, Judy Garland, and Ernesto Esposito…