Celestial Globe
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Globe made by Jean-Antoine Nollet, scientist; Map engraved and printed by Nicolas Bailleul le jeune, engraver
French, Paris, 1730
Wood painted with vernis Martin; papier mâché; printed paper; bronze
H: 3 ft. 7 1/4 in. x W: 1 ft. 5 1/2 in. x D: 1 ft. 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.