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Delamarche Orrery

Delamarche Orrery

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This cardboard instrument looks like an armillary sphere but is actually an orrery. The Sun is at the center, and there are concentric rings representing the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth and Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
The “à Paris Chez Delamarche Géog. / Rue du Foin Saint-Jacques / au College de Mtre Gervais” inscription on the ecliptic band refers to Charles François Delamarche (1740-1817), proprietor of a cartographic shop in the Latin quarter of Paris. His successors continued the business well into the 19th century.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1800
Delamarche, Charles Francois
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
cardboard (overall material)
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 20 in; 50.8 cm
overall: 19 3/4 in x 12 7/8 in; 50.165 cm x 32.7025 cm
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accession number
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