A Late Louis XV Ormolu-Mounted Tulipwood and Amaranth Regulateur de Parquetthe Movement by Jean-Andre Or Jean- Baptiste Lepaute, The Case by Nicolas Petit

A Late Louis XV Ormolu-Mounted Tulipwood and Amaranth Regulateur de Parquetthe Movement by Jean-Andre Or Jean- Baptiste Lepaute, The Case by Nicolas Petit

c. 1770 France

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The case: with flambeau urn finial above scroll-leaf mount to the shaped hood; acanthus moulded frame to
shaped glazed trunk door; the plinth centred with sunburst and mask mount above laurel and berry swag,
stamped 'N. PETIT'.
The white enamel dial is signed, 'Lepaute' and ‘Hger DU ROI’. Above the enamel dial is a silvered
annular dial with the months and days of the month and a blued steel indicator. The movement has
equation of time works to display solar time as well as mean time. The solar time is displayed with both
pierced and engraved ormolu hour and minute hands and the mean time is displayed by the blued steel
minute hand with an additional blued steel seconds hand. The movement has substantial rectangular plates
joined by four rear pinned pillars, pinwheel escapement, endless rope winding system and pendulum with
nine rod grid iron temperature compensation. The clock is one month duration.
The guide to Period styles for interiors from the 17th Century to the present, second
edition by Judith Gura. Page 41.
An identical clock, but by a different maker, without the equation of time works, is in the
Musée Jacquemart Andre in Paris.
Nicolas Petit became maître in 1761. " This régulateur numbers among a prestigious series of
closely related examples by Nicolas Petit (1732-1791). Here, as on most of these examples,
Petit collaborated with Lepaute, referring to both Jean-André Lepaute (1720-1787),
clockmaker to Louis XVI, and his brother, Jean-Baptiste (1727-1802), successor to the
royal appointment. Petit and Lepaute evolved the model to reflect nuances in fashion,
subtly altering mounts and elongating the case into the bulbous lyre shape seen here.
Early examples from the 1760s are fronted by a solid door with an ormolu-framed glazed
cartouche, revealing the pendulum balancier. Of elegant transitional style, the present clock
retains the scrolled acanthus and mask mounts, which feature on earlier examples, but the
plainer glazed door showing, the whole pendulum, suggests a stronger neoclassical
influence and places it later in the series. For a comparison of the variant models see A.Droguet, Nicolas Petit. 1732-1791., Paris, 2001, pp. 68-72
Dimensions
Height 229.00 cm (90.16 inches)
Width 61.00 cm (24.02 inches)
Depth 29.00 cm (11.42 inches)
Medium
Longcase clock
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