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Cartography | On the map
What should hunters look out for?
From my experience I have come to believe that – whether
hobby, investment or simply decoration – the most successf ul
collections are built on an emotional connection to the pieces.
However, it is always vital that the map or lithograph is
in good condition.
Where do you source your pieces?
The methods of acquiring our stock have changed over the last
30 years. Initially we travelled extensively, searching mainly in
the UK and Europe, often through antiquarian book dealers and
auction houses. While I still travel overseas to source material,
we have developed many contacts over the years who get in
touch when quality stock surfaces.
Thirty years is a long time. How did you get into the business?
I arrived in Australia from Scotland in February 1983 and met
Martin Trowbridge, an Englishman, whose father Sir Richard
Trowbridge was Governor of Western Australia at the time. We
were both 23 and had a passion for history and art, and saw that
there was a space in the market for an antique map and print
gallery in the style of a London Gallery, however we decided
to specialise in rare Australiana. These were the days when
Claremont was a draw-card for all things fine, and we eventually
opened upstairs in Old Theatre Lane. We promoted the Gallery
by explaining to an uneducated audience the merits of original
charts, maps and lithographs, and slowly gained a following.
Why is cartography rewarding?
Clients take a lot of pleasure from the pieces; I think it fulfills
a love of history and thirst for knowledge. Not only will the
piece or collection provide an historical and decorative interest,
as pieces get harder to find they also increase in value. There
will always be a market for rare Australian pieces.
Trowbridge Gallery is the only antique print gallery in Western
Australia specialising in original prints from the 17th-20th century.
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