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A large pair of library Globes - Blaeu, Willem Janszoon. The Terrestrial Globe, 1645/1648. Diameter 68 cm (26 inches); height: 100 cm; width: 88 cm; weight: circa 25 kg. Signed in the advice to the reader: "Guiljelmus Blaeu Auctor. Anno 1622". - The terrestrial globe is made up of 36 hand-coloured engraved half gores and two polar calottes. The prime meridian of Tenerife is used, with California shown as an island and the Great Wall of China represented pictorially. Fourth State (circa 1645-1648). - The Celestial Globe, 1640. Signed in the advice to the reader: "Guiljelmus Blaeuw". Dated in the cartouche 1640. - The celestial globe made up of 24 hand-coloured engraved half gores and two polar calottes. The constellations are in three languages, Latin, Greek and Arabic. It is full of spectacular allegorical themes. Third State (after circa 1630). 1.700.000,00 EUR
Provenance: The Princely Collections of Liechtenstein, and by descent. (These collections include major works of four centuries of European Art, and today belong amongst the world`s most important private collections. The roots lie in the 17th century and mainly stem from the Baroque ideal of Princely patronage). These globes were held in the Liechtenstein library (inventory 19 53); in the Gartenpalais Liechtenstein in Vienna, 1999; in Palais Alserbach, Vienna, 2006; sold by the Liechtenstein family at a Christie`s sale, Amsterdam 2008; now in a private collection in The Netherlands. The Terrestrial: made up of thirty-six hand-coloured engraved half gores and two polar calottes, pasted onto a plaster sphere, with a detailed and inscribed cartouche to each hemisphere as called for by P. van der Krogt (state 4), the equatorial graduated and labeled every 10 degrees, each degree divided into thirds and alternately hand-coloured in red, blank and blue, the meridian similarly labelled and coloured, the prime meridian of Tenerife is used, the ecliptic graduated in individual days and the houses of the Zodiac similarly coloured, the tropics and polars hand-coloured red, the seas densely decorated with ships, sea monsters, wind-roses and shipping routes, the continents with mountains, rivers and towns named in Latin and decorated with animals, figures and monsters, the great wall of China represented pictorially, California shown as an island, the fictitious island labelled Frisland (unlike that in Van der Krogt), on aparcel-gilt and grained imitating rosewood Dutch-style stand with four turned baluster supports above a circular plinth base with cross-stretcher resting on an oak wood triangular support and bun feet, the globe supported in a brass meridian with hour ring and pointer, the hand-coloured engraved horizon carrying Julian and Gregorian calendars with Saints` days, houses of the Zodiac, the wind directions and degree scale. The Celestial: made up of twenty four hand-coloured engraved half gores, pasted on to a plaster sphere, with a detailed and inscribed cartouche headed by a portrait of Tycho Brahe and bearing the signature Guiljelmus Blaeuw as called for by P. van der Krogt (state 3), the axis through the celestial pole, the equatorial graduated and labelled every 10 degrees, each degree divided into thirds, the ecliptic graduated in individual days of the houses of the Zodiac, labelled every ten days, each day divided into thirds, the constellations following the style established by Mercator and finely engraved, with text in Latin, Greek and Arabic giving alternative names, the stars are categorized to six levels of magnitude and are picked out in gold paint, nebulae are given a separate symbol and are indicated in notes without a cartouche, on an identical stand and hand-coloured engraved horizon carrying Julian and Gregorian calendars with Saints` days, houses of the Zodiac, the wind directions and degree scale. Literature: Peter van der Krogt, `Globi Neerlandici: The production of Globes in the Low Countries`, Utrecht, 1993, LAV no.5, p. 518.
Exhibitor: Iris Antique Globes and Maps B.V. Phone: 0031 313656161 Mobil: 0031 22933833 info@irisglobes.nl
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