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Terrestrial Globe (Globe terrestre)

Globe designed and assembled by Jean-Antoine Nollet, Map engraved by Louis Borde, lacquer decoration attributed to the Workshop of Guillaume Martin, et alabout 1728

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 earth's surface. In 1728 he dedicated it to the duchesse du Maine, the wife of Louis XIV's eldest illegitimate child. The duchesse was Nollet's most important patron and aunt to the comte de Clermont, to whom the celestial globe is dedicated.

Louis Borde, the engraver of the map, also sponsored the costly printing process. He was the publisher who provided the money needed for the engraving of the copper plate, supervised the different stages of printing and the distribution of the prints, and remained in principle the owner of the plate.

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  • Title: Terrestrial Globe (Globe terrestre)
  • Creator: Globe designed and assembled by Jean-Antoine Nollet, Map engraved by Louis Borde, lacquer decoration attributed to the Workshop of Guillaume Martin, et al
  • Date: about 1728
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 109.2 x 44.5 x 31.8 cm (43 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.705.1
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: Inscribed "Dedie et presenté a S.A.S. MADAME LA DUCHESSE DU MAINE par [son] tres humble et trés obéissant [serviteur] Nollet.Lic. en Theologie. [1728], Borde exc." and "GLOBE TERRESTRE DRESSÉ sur les observations les plus nouvelles et le plus exactes approuvées par Mrs. de l'Academie Roïale des sciences [AP]aris avec privilege du Roi. 1728 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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