Lot 790 (East Anglian, Antiques & Fine Art Sale, 25th September 2019)

Pedro de Murillo Velarde (1696-1753), engraved map - ‘Carte Hydrografica Y Chorographica de la Yslas Filipinas’, published Manila, 1734 (The Murillo Velarde Map)

Pedro de Murillo Velarde (1696-1753), engraved map - ‘Carta Hydrographica y Chorographica delas Yslas Filipinas Dedicada al Rey Nuestro Señor Por el Mariscal d Campo D. Fernando Valdes Tamon Cavallº del Orden de Santiago de Govor. y Capn. General de dichas Yslas‘, (The Murillo Velarde Map), engraved by Nicolás de la Cruz Bagay, published Manilla 1734, title cartouche at the top with the Royal Bourbon coat of arms, supported by two cherubs with trumpets, the title on a cloth held by two female allegorical figures bearing charts and instruments for navigation. A further ornate cartouche below, surmounted by a crowned lion wielding a sword and a candle, contains a brief history of the archipelago starting with Magellan's arrival and death in 1521, a description of the resources: ‘These islands are numerous and rich: they have gold, wax, sugar, honey, tobacco, ginger, indigo, Brazil wood (sibucao), pitch, rice, salt, wheat, maize, lemons, oranges, bananas and many fruits and edible roots, palo Maria, tamarind, cassia-trees, Catbalogan seeds, dragon blood, lignum vitae, coconuts, bamboos, rattan and many kinds of palms, mahogany, tindalo and excellent timber for ships: horse, caraboas or buffaloes, cows, pigs, deer, chickens and much fish.’ There follows a description of the settlements, peoples, clergy and administration, all above an engraving of his ship the Victoria. The map is dissected and re-mounted on linen, 111cm x 120cm, early pen inscription verso - ‘map of the Philippine Islands’, folding map in later slip case.

An extremely rare map and believed to be one of only around 15 extant examples of this first edition - the majority in International Institutions, and not all examples retain the flanking vignettes. Cited as the first scientific map of the Philippines and considered the most important Philippines map, it is celebrated for its detail and accuracy, it features shipping routes for trade with China and charts the course of Magellan’s navigations. The map features twelve flanking vignettes encapsulating the essence of the Philippines, depicting different ethnic groups, customs, flora and fauna, also featured are miniature maps of Guajan (Guam), Manila, Samboangan and Cavite , all extensively annotated. The map influenced all subsequent Philippine maps for decades to follow but its influence was also notable on European maps. In recent times The Murillo Velarde map has been instrumental in the Philippines' efforts to assert territorial rights in the South China Sea. The map, together with others was used by the Philippines' team of experts to refute China's historic claim of ownership of the entire South China Sea. It features ‘Panacot’ (Scarborough Shoal) as well as ‘Los Bajos de Paragua’ (Spratly Isles). In 2016 the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favour of the Philippines stating that China had "no historical rights". China however, rejected the ruling.

Provenance: Purchased from the map dealer Susanna Fisher, 1986 for £4,500. She had acquired the map from a trade source some years before and prior to that the map was believed to have been in private hands in the U.K. She states in correspondence that the ancient pen inscription in English to the reverse suggests that this map has been in the U.K. for a very long period of time,

Sold for £260,000

Condition report

Each corner has evidence of drawing pin holes with associated damage / slight losses, tear to the paper top left corner (prior to mounting on canvas), generally some staining towards periphery of each panel, particularly to central panels, and slight losses at margins of certain panels, conservation repairs and patching to canvas (patching at several of the folds) tonally the paper and ink is consistent throughout, some small tears at folds of canvas, generally some time staining and deterioration commensurate with age, no severe damages.

Overall colour is yellowed somewhat but largely consistent throughout, some repair to canvas particularly at folds, detrioration to outer edges of each panel, staining to outer edges particulate to central two rows. Most of the maps is in good mostly original condition almost all of the printed element present,

More specifically -

Left row, top panel: damage and small losses top left corner, a tear runs diagonal from side upwards above printed element, stains at periphery, small tears at left side

Left row, second panel: stains lower right, top right corner and lower edge, minor marks

left row, third panel:small losses top left corner, minor deterioration upper edge, stains top right corner

left row, fourth panel:some staining to corners, repair to canvas beyond lower right corner

l;eft row, Fifth panel:slight loss top left corner, couple of fox masks, brown stain far right in map section, stain top right corner, small tear to canvas beyond lower right corner

Left row, sixth panel: Some damage and small losses to printed element lower left corner, staining to left edge,

Second row, top panel:stains left and right edges, canvas repair beyond top left corner, canvas tear beyond lower right corner, stains

Second row, second panel: staining to corners, small tear to can vas beyond lower right corner

Second row, third panel:staining to corners

Second row, fourth panel: staining to corners, small tear beyond lower right corner,

Second row, Fifth panel: staining and some slight deterioration to corners, small tear to canvas beyond lower right corner,

Second row, sixth panel: some slight losses/deterioration lower right corner/ top right corner, brown staining around area of ship-Victoria

Third row, top panel:some deterioration slight losses to corners, staining to corners, repair to canvas beyond lower right corner

Third row, second panel:staining to corners, minor blemishes

Third row, third panel: staining to corners, repair to canvas beyond lower right corner,

Third row, fourth panel: minor stains lower right corner, repair to canvas beyond lower right corner

Third row, Fifth panel: minor staining to periphery, repair to canvas beyond lower right corner,

Third row, sixth panel:staining to left edge, top right corner, detrioration to lower left corner

Right row, top panel: some small losses top right corner, bottom right corner, and deterioration lower edge, staining to periphery

Right row, second panel: minor staining to right edge, minor blemishes,

Right row, third panel:minor staining to right edge,

Right row, fourth panel:staining to right edge, element here above the image top edge is a separate piece of paper and slightly misaligned, continues horizontally across the map, presume this is reflecting how the map was printed and presented before division and mounting rather than a replaced element.

Right row, Fifth panel:staining right edge, slight losses lower right corner, repair to canvas beyond lower right corner,

Right row, sixth panel: staining slight damage left edge, losses lower right corner, slight loss top left corner, blemishes


Leaving a bid prior to the auction
You can leave a bid prior to our auction - this is called a 'commission' bid. Prior to the auction, you can place your bid through our website (you'll need to be registered to do this). When you leave your bid, you enter the maximum amount you're willing to pay - the auctioneer will bid on your behalf up to your maximum.  Please note that web commission bids close 30 minutes before the auction starts.  For further advice contact us. 

Live Online
You can also bid live online during the auction (additional charges may apply).  To do this you must be signed into your account and registered (click here for further details).  Shortly before the auction begins (usually half an hour) the 'Bid Live' button will appear.

Auction: East Anglian, Antiques & Fine Art Sale, 25th September 2019

Day one - lots 1 - 686 

Day two - lots 700 - 1459

Storage charges:- Please note that all lots of furniture, garden statues and rugs will only be available for collection at our premises until 5pm on Monday 30th September.  After which all items of furniture will be collected by R & D Schofield Removals at a cost of per lot of £10 + vat and £1 per day storage thereafter


Saturday 21st September 9am - 1pm

Monday 23rd September 9am - 6.00pm

Morning of the sale from 9am

View all lots in this sale

1. Reeman Dansie Limited trading as Reeman Dansie (hereby referred to as ‘Reemans’) act only as Auctioneers and agents and their representatives is hereafter referred to as ‘The Auctioneer’.

2. The highest bidder acceptable to the Auctioneer shall be the buyer but if any dispute arises during or immediately after the sale of the lot, the lot may be put up again immediately at the absolute discretion of the Auctioneer.

3. The Auctioneer has the right at his absolute discretion to refuse any bid and to advance the bidding as he may decide.

4. The purchase price payable by the buyer shall be the aggregate of the final bid and a premium of 20% of the final bid together with any V.A.T. chargeable on the final bid and such premium. The ‘final bid’ means the price at which the lot is knocked down to the buyer.

5. The buyers to give in their names and addresses (if required) and to pay a deposit of 25% in part payment of the purchase money; in default the lot or lots purchased by them to be at the disposal of the Auctioneers. The remainder of the buyer’s money to be paid before delivery. The contract of sale is to be deemed in all cases as made exclusively with the Auctioneers and the payment is to be made to them or the Clerk only.

6. Each and every lot shall immediately at the fall of the hammer to be considered as delivered and be and remain in every aspect at the absolute risk of the prospective buyer(s) thereof and shall be taken with all faults and errors of description, whether as to quality, condition, material, date, artist or origin and no allowance shall be made in respect of any error, misdescription or imperfection. No warranty is given or is to be implied by the description in this catalogue.

7. Any person attending the Sale Room to be answerable for all damage they may do to any lots or to the premises.

8. The seller shall be entitled to place a reserve price on any lot and the Auctioneer shall have the right to bid on behalf of the seller. In the event of any reserve price not being reached at auction, Reemans are empowered to sell after the auction, by private contract, at not less than the reserve price, subject to a 10% Auctioneers discretion. The Auctioneers have the right at their discretion to withdraw or divide any lot or to combine any two or more lots.

9. The property in a lot shall not pass to the buyer until he has paid the purchase price in full. Reemans shall be entitled to a lien on any lot sold until the purchase price has been paid. All lots are to be paid and taken away at the buyer’s expense within 3 days from the sale. Settlement of the net sum normally takes place within 14 days of the sale (by crossed cheque to the seller) unless the buyer has not paid for the goods. In this case no settlement will then be made but we will take the seller’s instructions in the light of our conditions of sale.

10. Every person while on the premises before, during or after the sale shall be deemed to be there at his or her own risk and with notice of the condition of the premises and no person shall have or make any claim against the seller or Auctioneers in respect of any injury they may sustain or any accident which may happen.

11. No cheques taken unless satisfactory references are given.

12. Upon failure to comply with the above conditions, the money deposited shall be forfeited and the lots uncleared within the time aforesaid shall be re-sold either by public sale or private contract and the deficiency (if any) upon such second sale together with all charges attending same shall be made good by the defaulter of the present sale. Any surplus that may arise there from shall not be recovered by the defaulter. 

13. All goods on Reemans premises or in their custody are held insured against the risks of fire, burglary, water damage and accidental damage. The value of such goods shall be the gross amount realised or in the case of unsold lots, such values as the Auctioneers in their discretion consider to be the auction value or the reserve price less the commission payable.

14. Reemans do not themselves undertake the collection or deliveries of goods but will, if so requested instruct a contractor on the seller’s or buyer’s behalf. Reemans disclaim all responsibility for loss or damage to goods or for unauthorised removal of goods.

15. The Auctioneers will not hold themselves responsible for any action that may arise acting as agents between buyer and seller and for both equitably.

16. Should any question arise not provided for in the foregoing conditions, the decision of the Auctioneers shall be final from which there shall be no appeal.

17. Withdrawn lots & Increasing reserves. The seller may not withdraw a lot from the sale or increase a reserve on a lot without the Auctioneers consent. If a seller withdraws a lot or increases the reserve, the Auctioneers reserve the right to charge a fee equal to 10% (plus V.A.T.) of the lower estimate or reserve price (minimum fee £10 plus V.A.T.).

18. Artist’s Resale Right. Owing to recent legislation, we have an obligation to collect a Royalty tax on behalf of living artists. It is based on a percentage of the amount their works sell for at auction above 1,000 Euros (4% from 1,000 – 50,000 Euros). Buyers will be charged this levy in addition to the usual buyer’s premium. Further details available on request. Liable lots will be marked with * in the catalogue.

19. All monies received by us on account of the purchase price for the lot will be paid by us into our client’s auction account at Barclays Bank plc, account no. 63327779. Any interest earned on monies held in trust will be retained by Reemans unless otherwise agreed.

20. Reemans have in place a complaints handling procedure, details of which are available on request.

21. The seller consents to Reeman Dansie promoting the lots in any way they deem fit, including publishing them in the local and national press or via the internet.

22. Reeman Dansie is the trading name of Reeman Dansie Limited. Registered in England No. 03431939. Registered Office No. 8 Wyncolls Road, Severalls Business Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 9HU.