Terrestrial Globe (Globe terrestre)

Object Details

Title:

Terrestrial Globe (Globe terrestre)

Artist/Maker:

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)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1728

Medium:

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

Object Number:

86.DH.705.1

Dimensions:

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.

Related Works
Provenance
- 1939

Guillaume de Gontaut-Biron, twelfth marquis de Biron, French, 1859 - 1939 (Paris, France), by inheritance to his nephew, Hélie de Talleyrand- Périgord, 1939.
Source: Maurice Segoura invoice, September 22, 1986, in the files of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts.

1939- 1968

Hélie de Talleyrand- Périgord, duke of Talleyrand, seventh duke of Dino, Italian, 1882 - 1968 (Château de Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, Pavillon Colombe, Val d'Oise, France), by inheritance to his nephew, Manuel Gonzalez de Andia y Talleyrand-Périgord, 1968.
Source: Maurice Segoura invoice, September 22, 1986, in the files of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts; E.S. "Un grand collectionneur ressuscite une 'folie' du dix-huitième siècle." Connaissance des Arts 70 (December 1957).

1968 -

Manuel Gonzalez de Andia y Talleyrand-Périgord, second marquis of Villahermosa, duke of Dino, born Switzerland, 1909 - 2005 (Château de Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, Pavillon Colombe, Val d'Oise, France)
Source: Maurice Segoura invoice, September 22, 1986, in the files of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts.

- 1986

Maurice Segoura Gallery (Paris, France), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Exhibitions
Imagining the Orient (October 5, 2004 to April 3, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 5, 2004 to April 3, 2005
Paris: Life & Luxury (April 26, 2011 to January 2, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), April 26 to August 7, 2011
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