A celestial and a terrestial globe by Ger and Leon Valk

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Origin
Amsterdam
Period
Dated 1700 and 1750
Material
Paper, Brass, Ebonised pear wood, Oak, Gypsum
Dimensions
46 cm
Diameter
31 cm

Celestial and Terrestial globe, signed ' Ger et Leon Valk', dated 1700 (celestial globe) and 1750 (terrestrial globe). Engraving on paper, comprising twelve segments, original oak and pearwood chair. Brass quadrant.

These globes were made by Gerard Valk (1652-1726) and his son Leonard (- - 1746) in the year 1700. This size was among the first they produced. Father and son Valk were located in the Kalverstraat Amsterdam, in the early eighteenth century they moved to Dam square. They are seen as the most succesful globe makers of the eighteenth century. They collaborated with renowned scientists and astronomers to create modern and reliable maps of the earth and of the heavenly bodies when other eighteenth century globe makers were still using outdated seventeenth century maps.

When Leonard Valk died his widow and her family took over the company and it was running to well into the 19th century.

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