The First Terrestrial Globe By Charles Dien Son – 1831

The First Terrestrial Globe By Charles Dien Son – 1831




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Categories: Maritime, Scientific, Other Maritime Antiques, Globes & Orreries


A terrestrial globe of 30cm/25incn diameter signed “Globe terrestre dressé d’après les dernières oservations astronomiques & les découvertes les plus récentes publié par Ch. Dien. A Paris, chez Ch. Dien , Auteur des globes célestes dressés sous la direction de Mr Bouvard, Dr de l’Observatoire Rue Hautefeuille n° 13” and dated “1831”.

The globe in mounted on a round foot in turned blackened wood and in a original brass meridian circle and an equatorial brass table.

The globe is in good general condition, despite some wear and traces of use and a restoration at the north pole. The colors are well preserved.


Charles Dien son was born in 1809, he was apprenticed to Delamarche from 1819 and seems to take over Lapie’s workshop around 1830. The globes dated 1831 seem to be the first globes he made under his name and alone. He was then only 22 or 23 years old. Dien’s terrestrial globes are uncommon. The present cartouche with two angels is also very decoratif and unusual.

Good globe with an important French signature.

Approximately 55 cm high by 37 cm wide.

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