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During the 17th and 18th centuries, globes were purchased by wealthy European aristocrats. Existing globes from that era almost surely originally resided in a castle or mansion somewhere. The library globes pictured here have never left the Swedish castles where they are found today.
|Rare 17th-century globes by Blaeu and Moxon (above) and a Blaeu celestial (right), in a Swedish castle's library. The celestial belongs to a terrestrial and celestial pair. The Blaeu family were among the greatest cartographic publishers of the day. Read more about the firm in our Guide to Globe Makers
Also seen on the Swedish house tour: armillaries as rooftop and garden decoration. An armillary is a model of planetary orbits, with each ring representing the transit of a planet around the sun in the center. Garden armillaries are still made today, sometimes combined with sundials.
|An armillary sphere at the pinnacle of a castle roof.
A large armillary on the lawn of a Swedish castle, overlooking the lake. Visitors arriving by boat would walk past this grand sculptural piece after docking on the shore.
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