Terrestrial Globe (Globe terrestre)

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Terrestrial Globe (Globe terrestre)


Globe designed and assembled by Jean-Antoine Nollet (French, 1700 - 1770)
Map engraved by Louis Borde (French, active 1730 - 1740)
lacquer decoration attributed to the Workshop of Guillaume Martin (French, 1689 - 1749)
and Étienne-Simon Martin (French, 1703 - 1770)




Paris, France (Place created)


about 1728


Printed paper; papier-mâché; poplar, spruce, and alder painted with vernis Martin; bronze


109.2 × 44.5 × 31.8 cm (43 × 17 1/2 × 12 1/2 in.)

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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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