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)




Paris, France (Place created)




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)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 26 to August 7, 2011, (Cat. 26)

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.