A rare Pair of South German Baroque Table Globes
A matching pair of fine and rare 20 cm diameter table globes by Matthaeus Seutter, made in Augsburg around 1710. These Seutter globes are extremely rare in circulation, almost impossible to find as a pair in uniform old colours. Provenance: North Italian private collection.
Made up of twelve old hand-coloured engraved gores and two polar calottes laid on a massive sphere. The oceans with two wind roses in the northern Pacific, two in the Indian Ocean, and one in the northern and southern Atlantic. A title cartouche in the southern Pacific, a second cartouche in the northern Pacific. The title cartouche reading 'Globus Terrestris juxta recentissimas ob.servatio. et navigationes peritissimor Geograph. accuratissime delineat, cura et sumtibus Matth. Seutteri Chalcogr:August' translated into English as follow: 'Terrestrial globe according to the most recent observations and voyages of the most skilled geographers. Made by the labor and at the expense of Matthaeus Seutter renowned engraver in Augsburg.'
California is shown as an island labelled Insula Californiae, Australia labelled Nova Hollandia and shown joined to Papua New Guinea, both lacking the eastern coastline. A land mass covering the northern Pacific is labelled Septentrionalis, China showing the Great Wall, the interior of Africa with a small cartouches, describing the source of the Nile. Antarctica shown as a continent with coastline but labelled Terra Australis in Cognita. With a wrought iron meridian circle and a brass axes. The globe is mounted on a wooden stand, a octagonal wooden horizon circle supported by four turned legs, cross-beams supporting base plate with centre post.
Condition: Some worm holes mainly around the North pole, somewhat dust soiled, some globe gores slightly overlapping. Some worm holes in the wooden stand.
Made up of twelve old hand-coloured engraved gores and two polar calottes laid on a hollow papier-mâché sphere. The constellations depicted by mythical beasts and figures with stars shown to six orders of magnitude. 48 Ptolemaic, 4 non-Ptolemaic constellations, 12 constellations of Plancius and 2 of Hevelius. With a wrought iron meridian circle and a brass axes. The globe is mounted on a wooden stand, the wooden horizon circle supported by four turned legs, cross-beams supporting base plate with centre post.
Condition: Somewhat dust soiled, around the equator little bit uneven. One half of the cartouche and parts of a constellations retraced by old hand. A few worm holes in the wooden stand. One old wood strip of the outer horizon ring renewed.
George Matthaus Seutter, a German publisher, cartographer and engraver from Augsburg, was born 1678 as the son of a goldsmith. After an apprenticeship at J. B. Homann in Nuremberg, he returned to his native city of Augsburg and worked in the publishing firm of Jeremiah Wolf. In 1707 he founded his own successful publishing company and produced maps, atlases and globes. Seutter died in 1757. The company went over to his son Albrecht Carl and his stepsons G. B. Probst and T. C. Lotter in after his death in 1757. The latter being regarded as his true successor. According to C. Sandler, following atlases have been published by Seutter:
- Atlas Geographicus oder Accurate Vorstellung der Ganzen Welt, 1725
- Atlas Compendiosus oder die ganze Welt in den nothwendigsten Geographischen Charten
- Atlas Compendiosus Scholasticus
- Atlas Novus Indicubus Instructus, 1728
- Grosser Atlas, 1734
- Atlas Minor, 1744
Beside the atlases, Seutter produced a pair of 20 cm table globes during his early days.
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George Matthäus Seutter: Globus Terrestris juxta recentissimas ob.servatio. et navigationes peritissimor Geograph. accuratissime delineat, cura et....
A pair of old coloured table globes by G. M. Seutter. Fabricated in Augsburg during the year 1710.
Globes - Seutter, George Matthäus - Globus Terrestris juxta recentissimas...