Celestial Globe (Globe céleste)

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Celestial Globe (Globe céleste)


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)






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


109.9 x 44.5 x 31.8 cm (43 1/4 x 17 1/2 x 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 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.

Related Works
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.