A Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Tulipwood and Amaranth Regulateur by Charles Le Roy
A Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Tulipwood and Amaranth Regulateur by Charles Le Roy

A Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Tulipwood and Amaranth Regulateur by Charles Le Roy

c. 1780 France

Offered by Frank Partridge

£95,000 gbp
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The white enamel dial with outer date ring, Roman and Arabic chapter ring, inner rings for month, day of
week and corresponding zodiacal symbol; pierced and chased ormolu hour and minute hands, the remainder
and sweep seconds hands of blued steel; the two train weight-driven movement with Huygen’s winding
system, pinwheel escapement and countwheel strike on a bell, with nine-rod gridiron pendulum; the dial
bearing the signature “Ch Le Roy”, within a glazed bezel and a rectangular case surmounted by a stepped
pediment with laurel-hung flaming urn finial and on a stepped base and rectangular breche d’Alep plinth.
Charles Le Roy became a maiître in 1733 and Horloger du Roi in 1737. He occupied
premises in the Rue Saint-Denis from 1748 to 1769. Gillian Wilson (1996, pp.183-5) states
that the signature “Charles Le Roy” was used on clocks from 1734 until the end of the 18th
century. After Charles Le Roy’s death the signature was used by his son, Etienne-
Augustin Le Roy (1737–1792). Etienne, who was probably responsible for the movement
of this clock, became maître in 1758 and it would seem likely that he continued to work
from the same premises as his father.
The case of the clock was probably made by Balthazar Lieutaud (circa 1720-1780) or
Nicholas Petit (1732-1791). The former was one of the best known casemakers of the
period and had mounts made by Caffieri and Grimpelle, amongst others. Pieces by him
tend to be highly ornate, but he also made simpler pieces, favouring veneers inlaid, as in
this case, à quatre faces. Petit was a prolific ébéniste who made many different types of furniture, and he certainly made cases in this style.
Dimensions
Height 216.00 cm (85.04 inches)
Width 47.00 cm (18.50 inches)
Depth 25.00 cm (9.84 inches)
Medium
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