Lot 188 of 312:
Engraving of armillary spheres, 1770  

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$300 - $500

Des Sphere Artificielles. Sphère Droite / Sphère Parallele

Brion de la Tour/Desnos





Copper-engraving of two armillary spheres, hand-colored. On sheet with onlaid panels of French text on either side, surrounded by elaborate border that includes scenes of putti, globes, instruments, etc. Sheet size 40x56 cm (15¾x22").

Striking engraving of a large pair of celestial globes on ornate rococo-style bases. The Sphère Droite shows Earth at the center and locates the main constellations, the equinox, solstices, etc. The Sphère Parallele is similarly configured, but from a different perspective. 

Lot Amendments

A few slight fox marks along centerfold; near fine.

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