Most map collectors start out by filling a blank wall at their home or office,and as their knowledge and interest grows, move on to collecting in earnest.

The team behind Bartele Gallery, which is situated on the 2nd floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, is happy to introduce you to the fascinating world of antique treasure maps, prints and books. Their in-house specialist Dr. David Parry will be happy to explain to you how to be able to recognise a valuable map. With his advice, it will be easy to start collecting immediately.

Woodcut map of the Indian Ocean and Asia ~ Year c.1553
This rare map shows Asia from the Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf to the Pacific, and although largely based on Ptolemy’s work, the map incorporates some of the more recent Portuguese discoveries. The Pacific Ocean, which is largely unrecognisable, shows an archipelago of 7448 islands.

Why invest in antique maps?
The beauty of old and rare maps can be enjoyed as well as the joy of investing in a valuable antique. Antique maps are among the most affordable, under-valued and attractive antiques that are readily available to the public. Many Asian maps have doubled their value over the last few years.

A visit to Bartele Gallery at the Mandarin Hotel feels like having the opportunity to gaze through these amazing windows into Asian history. The maps and prints on offer are all over a 100 years old and are sold with a certificate of authenticy.

Map of  Batavia as it was in 1681. At that time, there were only 30.000 people living in the area of what is Kota and Sunda Kelapa today. This antique city plan was published in 1690, and shows a few Dutch large size sailing vessels, the old Dutch Castle, the canals and the old city walls. At the bottom of the map is a view of the city from the sea: for most people this was the first glimpse of the city, after a long sailing journey.

The planned city of Batavia was completed in 1650. Dubbed “The Jewel of Asia” by European sailors, the area was a centre of commerce due to its strategic location. It became the headquarters of the VOC in the East Indies and prospered from the spice trade network in Asia with monopolies on nutmeg, black pepper, cloves and cinnamon along with crops such as coffee, tea, cacao, tobacco, rubber, sugar and opium.

Contact details:
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Jalan M.H. Thamrin, Jakarta
T: +62 21 2993 8997

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