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Celestial Globe (Globe céleste)

Globe designed and assembled by Jean-Antoine Nollet, Map engraved by Nicolas Bailleul le jeune, lacquer decoration attributed to the Workshop of Guillaume Martin, et al1730

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Jean-François Nollet, a noted scientist who taught physics to the French royal children, designed and assembled this globe, which shows a map of the night skies. He dated the globe 1730 and dedicated it to Louis de Bourbon-Condé, comte de Clermont.

Clermont was an important patron of the arts who became protector of the Société des Arts in 1728. This was a new organization established to provide collaboration between the arts and sciences; painters, sculptors, astronomers, clockmakers, architects, and goldsmiths were all members.

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  • Title: Celestial Globe (Globe céleste)
  • Creator: Globe designed and assembled by Jean-Antoine Nollet, Map engraved by Nicolas Bailleul le jeune, lacquer decoration attributed to the Workshop of Guillaume Martin, et al
  • Date: 1730
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 109.9 x 44.5 x 31.8 cm (43 1/4 x 17 1/2 x 12 1/2 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Printed paper, papier-mâché, poplar, spruce, and alder painted with vernis Martin, bronze
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Globe
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 86.DH.705.2
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: Inscribed "DEDIÉ et présenté à S.A.S. Monseigneur le Comte de [Cle]rmont [par son très] humble [et] tres [obéissent] serv[iteur] [Nollet de la So]c[iété des Arts 173]0." and "Globe celeste [c]alculé pour l'année [17]30 sur les observa[tions] les plus nouvelles [et le]s plus exactes. [APa]ris avec privileg[e] du Roy. Baillieul le je[une sculpsit. Monté par l'auteur.]". Stand painted underneath in yellow "N. 32" and in blue, perhaps stenciled, (?) "3323".
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S107
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Decorative Arts

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