Miniature globe by J. Forest on a beautifully turned ebonized wooden stand, dated around 1890. The map depicts the continents, with countries and their capitals and is complete. The globe is held to the stand by a pin and has a dark brown patina, which is created by the drying of the wood or paint.
The miniature globe is signed:
17 rue de Buci
In 1886, Joseph Forest founded his publishing house for maps and plans, world maps, globes, terrestrial and celestial spheres, charts, and wall maps for education at 17-19 Rue de Buci in Paris. From 1889 and onwards his Forest was approved by the ministry of public instruction as supplier to schools. During this time he also added a novelty to his catalogue: a briquette globe. This type of novelty globe also came in versions like a globe-bar, for example.
Height: 16 cm.
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Van Leest Antiques
Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.