Two upcoming auctions delve into the history of exploration and what it was like to live in a time of “armchair travel,” experiencing other cultures through images, books and stories. Our May 4 Documenting History auction will offer materials related to science, entertainment and exploration, and our May 8 – 18 timed online only auction of African and Oceanic Art includes both trade and ethnographic examples.
It was daring explorers and aggressive rulers who initially brought other worlds to Western cultures. King Henry IV of France sent his apothecary Jean Mocquet on six different voyages across the globe in the early 17th century to bring back rare specimens, including minerals, plants such as aloe, works of art and ceramics. Mocquet’s account of his travels Voyages En Afrique, Asie, Indes Orientales, & Occidentales will be offered on May 4 as part of the Documenting History sale. It was a bestseller in France and is still considered today as a thorough account of 17th century exploration.