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Celestial Globe (Globe céleste)

Object Details

Title:

Celestial Globe (Globe céleste)

Artist/Maker:

Globe designed and assembled by Jean-Antoine Nollet (French, 1700 - 1770)
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)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

1730

Medium:

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

Object Number:

86.DH.705.2

Dimensions:

109.9 × 44.5 × 31.8 cm (43 1/4 × 17 1/2 × 12 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

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 night skies. He dated the globe 1730 and dedicated it to Louis de Bourbon-Condé, comte de Clermont.

Clermont was an important patron of the arts who became protector of the Société des Arts in 1728. This was a new organization established to provide collaboration between the arts and sciences; painters, sculptors, astronomers, clockmakers, architects, and goldsmiths were all members.

Provenance
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
Exhibitions
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
Bibliography
Bibliography

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"Acquisitions/1986." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 15 (1987), p. 221, no. 101.

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Miller, Susan. "Images of Asia in French Luxury Goods: Jean-Antoine Fraisse at Chantilly, c. 1729-36." Apollo 154, no. 477 (November 2001), pp. 7-8, figs. 13-14.

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The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 197.

Pyenson, Lewis and Jean-François Gauvin eds. The Art of Teaching Physics: The Eighteenth-Century Demonstration Apparatus of Jean Antoine Nollet (Sillery, Québec: Septentrion, 2002), pp. 188-189, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), p. 225.

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.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 8th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015), p. 270, ill.