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Leonard Valk

A pair of rare table globes. Amsterdam 1700 & 1750


Iris Antique Globes and Maps



A pair of rare table globes by Gerard and Leonard Valk

Amsterdam 1700 & 1750


This pair of globes is a beautiful example of the outstanding work of the Dutch globe makers Gerard and Leonard Valk.

Diameter: 39 cm. (18 in.)

Height: 59 cm.

The Terrestrial globe: state III.

The Celestial globe: state II.


Both spheres are made up of two paper-maché hollow hemispheres joined at the equator covered with a layer of plaster and eighteen gores and two polar calottes, the celestial calottes laid to the ecliptic poles.


The celestial globe is dated 1700.

The terrestrial is in its third state and it can be dated to 1750, the only new alteration made to the map of this globe is the addition of the Caspian Sea and the Aral Sea following van Werdens observation of 1719-21 and the close by Aral sea.

Landmasses coloured in green, red and yellow with the cities picked out in gold leaf, the constellations finely coloured with the stars picked out in gold leaf.


As was the custom then, the date of the globe was changed from the second state 1745 by pasting in the number 50.

Each with a brass meridian and hour dial, those of the celestial are later. The four columns with bun feet, support the wooden horizon circle, edged in red, on which is a hand-coloured printed paper ring showing degrees and the days of the houses of the Zodiac, raised on an oak Dutch-style stand united by cross-stretchers supporting a circular base plate, the celestial horizon covered with a reproduction of an engraved sheet raised on a later stand.


Euros   Price on request.


OFFERED BY :Iris Antique Globes and Maps

Weverweg 11,

6961 KM Eerbeek,

The Netherlands

Tel. +31 (6) 2293 3833

Email: info@irisglobes.nl

Contact the dealer about this globe set by Leonard Valk   (G. 3069)

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