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Pair of Globes
Globes designed and assembled by Jean-Antoine Nollet (French, 1700 - 1770)
The terrestrial map engraved by Louis Borde (French, active 1730 - 1740)
and celestial map engraved by Nicolas Bailleul le jeune (French, active 1740s)
lacquer decoration attributed to the Workshop of Guillaume Martin (French, 1689 - 1749)
and Étienne-Simon Martin (French, 1703 - 1770)
Paris, France (Place created)
1728 - 1730
Printed paper, papier-mâché, poplar, spruce, and alder painted with vernis Martin, and bronze
Jean-Antoine Nollet designed and assembled this pair of globes, which show maps of the earth's surface and skies. Globes frequently adorned the libraries of the aristocracy, lending an air of scholarly respectability in an age when uncharted territories around the world were being mapped and new trade routes established. They frequently appeared in eighteenth-century portraits but were usually supported on simple turned columns. These examples, with their red and yellow
A pair of globes on tripod stands similar to those in the Getty Museum's collection is reproduced in an engraving from 1740 of the library of a wealthy eighteenth-century