About the Antique Print Gallery

The Antique Print Gallery is a private gallery owned by Paul and Delia Arnold, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Maps have always provided a reflection of our ongoing knowledge of the world. As human exploration has expanded, the open spaces on our maps have gradually been filled in. Over the ages, national boundaries have changed while coastal and interior details have become more accurate. The development of a country or region can be traced by studying antique maps.

Similarly, the ability to print pictures has enabled a wider audience to appreciate worldwide cultures both past and present. Over the past three centuries, the sophistication of picture reproduction has increased dramatically. Meticulous engravings on wood, copper and steel have been superseded by modern scanning and printing methods. The skills required to produce the early engravings are no longer required making antique prints particularly valuable and of great historical significance.

The Antique Print Gallery has a large collection of antique prints and maps, a selection of which appear on this website.

Originally the gallery was situated on the tram route in picturesque New Regent Street in central Christchurch. In 2010, we closed our city gallery and now maintain a small private gallery at our home, available for viewing by appointment.

If you cannot find what you're looking for on the website, please ring or email us to discuss your requirements or arrange a time to visit. The gallery is situated approximately 5 km from the centre of Christchurch.

If you are unable to visit our gallery because you are overseas or elsewhere in New Zealand, we can easily ship items for you. We can also mount and frame material although we are not prepared to ship framed items due to the likelihood of glass breakages.