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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
The backplate is signed Lepine, Paris and has a beautifully engraved surround.
The white enamel dial has an engraved gilded mask with subsidiary dials for the date and alarm, black Roman numerals, fine blued steel moon hands, and is signed Lepine à Paris.
The multi-piece case is engraved with c-scroll decoration and has a matching engraved handle, being of a style typical to the 1830s and then used sparingly after this decade.
Jean-Antoine Lépine was born in Switzerland in 1720 and having worked as a watchmaker moved to Paris in 1744 where he was apprenticed to André-Charles Caron, clockmaker to Louis XV, and whose daughter he married in 1756. In March 1762 he became a maître horloger and at some point after this date began to teach the great Abraham-Louis Breguet. A few years later he was appointed Horloger du Roi and in 1766 he succeeded Caron appearing on the list of Paris clockmakers as Jean-Antoine Lépine, Horloger du Roy, Rue Saint Denis, Place Saint Eustache, with various addresses then recorded over the years until finally recorded at 12 Place des Victoires from 1789.
Jean Lépine died in May 1824 having established himself as one of the great horological innovators with many of his inventions now used in the horological world including the Lépine calibre for watches in 1765, in which the top plate, fusee and pillars are all discarded and the watch made so much thinner, and so ushering in an era of smaller, more manageable watches, and allowing for larger production rates in manufacturing the movements. After his death the business continued under various ownerships until 1916.
I have in my collection a wonderful invoice from Lépine which describes in detail a pendule de voyage, carriage clock, as sold to the client and is dated for 1833.
|Height||6.50 inch||(16.51 cm)|