Jeton Louis XIV à l’effigie des globes de Marly / Coin depicting the globes of Marly
BnF, Département des Monnaies, médailles et antiques, MED AL 14
Cardinal César d’Estrées, friend and adviser to Louis XIV and ambassador to Rome, invited Coronelli to Paris in 1681 to construct a pair of globes for Louis XIV. Coronelli moved to the French capital in 1681, where he lived for two years. Each globe was composed of spindles of bent timber about ten feet long and four inches broad at the equator. This wood was then coated with a layer of plaster about an inch thick and covered in a layer of strong unfinished fabric. This was then wrapped in a quarter-inch layer of two very fine fabrics which provided backing for the painted information of the globes. These globes are measuring 384cm in diameterand weighing approximately 2 tons.