37th INT. CHRISTOPH GÄRTNER AUCTION
22th JUNE 2017

ARABIC WORLD

LOT 23445

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„WHO KNOWS HIMSELF AND OTHERS, WILL ALSO RECOGNIZE HERE: ORIENT AND OCCIDENT YOU CAN NO LONGER SEPARATE.“
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) (West-Eastern Diwan)

This surely was the motto of this collector of all the Arab territories, who in endless diligence, has brought together, in many auctions worldwide, one of the most beautiful and greatest collections of all time.

With tremendous financial and time efforts, unique collections of Mesopotamia to Yemen, from Morocco to the Arab Emirates, have been compiled in four decades, from every country and region from the beginning to modern times.

Ever since I started my own collections and trading house, more than thirty years ago, I have been also focusing on the Arab area and Holy Land.

I was always fascinated by the Arabic calligraphy, the great historical changes and the formation of new states in one of the oldest cultural areas in the world.

The process of historical changes were reflected in philately and postal history, and over the years I understood the geopolitical interdependencies and regional structures that led to revolts and ultimately to the formation of the present states.

Hundreds of Arabian collectors have emerged as guests and friends, I established strong personal relationships over the years and decades, and I still spend a holiday every year at the Persian Gulf and in the Emirates.

I feel most honored offering this treasure to you my dear customers and business friends or new investors a collection which has never been seen on the market in this size. Having a close look inside this holding was one of the most thrilling experiences for me in my company’s history.

Warmest regards,
Christoph Gärtner


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