French Empire period mahogany longcse regulator with gridiron by Lepaute
French Empire period mahogany longcse regulator with gridiron by Lepaute

French Empire period mahogany longcse regulator with gridiron by Lepaute

c. 1815 France

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O/S 46. Lepaute HgerDu Roi A Paris. Circa 1815. This regulator, which is signed on the dial and back-plate, has a mahogany case of the very finest quality. A pin-wheel escapement is employed for the 8 day rope wound movement which is provided with particularly well executed pulleys which may be easily dismantled to allow for the fitting of the cord. The dial has upright numerals, a feature sometimes seen at this period, and a very substantial bezel, a feature also favoured by Breguet. The gridiron pendulum is particularly well executed and is provided with a pointer and curved plate to indicate the degree of temperature compensation
being acheived.

The clock was in the Sir John Prestige Collection which was disposed of in 1963 and
acquired by the present owner in 1980. It is illustrated in several editions of “Brittens Old Clocks and Watches and Their Makers” and more recently included in Precision Pendulum Clocks, France, Germany and America by Derek Roberts. Pages 24 & 25.

Pierre Basile Lepaute (1750-1843) was one of France's most eminent clock-makers. He held the title of Horloger de Le Emperor and later Horloger Du Roi. His clients included Louis XV; Louis XV1; Madame Du Barry; The Duc de Bourbon; The Princess of Monaco; King Ferdinand V1; King Charles the Third and Charles the Third and Charles IV of Spain.
Height. 6 ft 9". (206cms.) £40,000
Excellent
Sir John Prestige Collection. Disposed of in 1963
Derek Roberts. Precision Pendulum Clocks. France, Germany and America,Pages 24 & 25.
Britten. Old Clocks and Watches and their Makers. 7th Edition London 1956
Dimensions
Height 206.00 cm (81.10 inches)
Stock Code
O/S 46
Medium
Mahogany
Signed/Inscribed
Lepaute. Hger Du Roi A Paris.
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