Globes

Globe's Conservation

The globe, a journey between the arts and the sciences

The word “globe” is here used as a generic term and it includes all types of voluminous, jointed and composite works representing our planet or solar system.

L’Utile Zéphyr workshop takes on terrestrial and celestial globes, orreries, armillary spheres, cosmographes , telluriums, luminous globes…. We will talk about the differences between each of these denominations in articles to come in the near future.

Globe's conservation

Globes restoration presents numerous different levels of interventions, going from a minimalist restoration to an illusionist one. The first one aims at stopping the damaging that could spread and intensify the weakness of the work, which could put at risk its good preservation in time.

The illusionist one adds to this a particular attention to the aesthetics of the work, and endeavours to bring it back to looking, as faithfully as possible, to what the object would be like, had it not been damaged.

Globes have, for a long time, been mass produced, and in a rigourously identical manner ever since the invention of printing. It is therefore possible to re-create the missing zones of their cartography either with a freehand copy which Yolaine Voltz carries out, or with a replica of the missing time zones if they are available.

Terrestrial and Celestial Globes

Conservation of a 1837 Fremin Globe – made after Lapie. 

Coll. privée

Atelier l’Utile Zéphyr

Restauratrice : Yolaine Voltz


Avant

Pendant


Après

Conservation of a J. Lebègue & cie Globe

Collection : National Museum of Education – France

Atelier l’Utile Zéphyr

Restauratrice : Yolaine Voltz


Avant

Pendant


Après

Conservation of a Cassini celestial globe

Coll. privée

Atelier l’Utile Zéphyr
Restauratrice : Yolaine Voltz


Avant


Après

Armillary Globes

Armillary spheres are models of the celestial sphere showing the apparent motion of the stars, Earth and Sun in the ecliptic.

Restoration of a Ptolemaic armillary sphere made by J.Forest

Coll. privée

Atelier l’Utile Zéphyr
Restauratrice : Yolaine Voltz

sphère armillaire
Avant

en cours de restauration
En cours de dévernissage


Après le dévernissage

Après patine et revernissage

Luminous Globes

Restoration of a glass hourly globe made by J. Forest, Gérard & Barrère Editors

Coll. privée

Atelier l’Utile Zéphyr
Restauratrice : Yolaine Voltz


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Après

Tellurium

A tellurium designates a mechanical work representing the movement of the Earth – whether or not accompanied by its lunar satellite – around the Sun.

Conservation of a 1848’s tellurium made by Delamarche

Coll. privée

Atelier l’Utile Zéphyr
Restauratrice : Yolaine Voltz


Avant


Pendant la restauration de la fente équatoriale


Après restauration

Après remontage complet de l’oeuvre

Restauration de globe

Unveiling in progress.
Mattio Ciuran’s Globe, Venise, 1654.

Coll. Private

Atelier l’Utile Zéphyr
Restauratrice : Yolaine Voltz