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Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S107
Terrestrial Globe (Globe terrestre)
Paris, France (Place created)
Printed paper; papier-mâché; poplar, spruce, and alder painted with vernis Martin; bronze
109.2 x 44.5 x 31.8 cm (43 x 17 1/2 x 12 1/2 in.)
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 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.
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) (26)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 26 to August 7, 2011
The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 4th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 197.
Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Decorative Arts (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 73, no. 54.
Bremer-David, Charissa, ed. Paris: Life & Luxury in the Eighteenth Century, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), p. 120, no. 26.