• Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen auction at Christies

    Sale 7822

    Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 342

    A LOUIS XVI BRASS AND ROUGE GRIOTTE MARBLE SKELETONISED WEIGHT-DRIVEN TABLE REGULATOR

    LEFEVRE, PARIS. CIRCA 1790

    Estimate

    A LOUIS XVI BRASS AND ROUGE GRIOTTE MARBLE SKELETONISED WEIGHT-DRIVEN TABLE REGULATOR
    LEFEVRE, PARIS. CIRCA 1790
    CASE: the substantial inverted Y-shaped plates joined by four pillars, with adjustable feet set on a circular red marble plinth DIAL: white enamel dial with inner seconds ring and signed 'Lefevre à Paris', fine pierced and engraved ormolu hands (the minute counterpoise pierced with the letter 'L'), blued steel centre seconds hand MOVEMENT: the going train powered by twin weights suspended on fine chains from a steel bar and employing a single barrel, with dead beat pinwheel escapement set on the back plate, the strike train with single going barrel and countwheel strike on bell below the plates; spring-suspended gridiron pendulum with fine adjustment to the crutchpiece
    18¾ in. (48 cm.) high; 8 in. (20 cm.) wide; 5½ in.) deep


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    This squelette belongs to a series of high quality weight-driven skeleton clocks produced in France at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. Examples are recorded with the signatures of such eminent clockmakers as Breguet, Lepine and Robin. Although there are variations between them it is entirely possible that all were created in the same workshop. The present clock closely resembles (including its elaborate hands) an example by Robin illustrated in Tardy, French Clocks, Part II, Paris, 1981, p.239. Other examples include a Lepine with skeletonised chapter ring (Klaus Erbrich, Prâzisionspendeluhren, Munich, 1978, p.184; a Lepine with 'Turkish' dial (Norbert Tieger, Horloges Anciennes, Milan, 1990, p.161; two further Lepines (Derek Roberts, Continental and American Skeleton Clocks, Schiffer, 1989, p.63 & 64; a spring-driven Breguet (Roberts, p.124); two examples signed by the retailer Gropengieser of Hamlyn (one from the House of Hanover and sold Sotheby's Amsterdam, 9 October 2005, lot 2274 and the other from the property of a German collector offered Sotheby's Amsterdam 20 May 2008, lot 507); and a clock signed (probably retail) by Diedrich of Einbeck (P. Heuer & K. Maurice, Die Europâische Pendeluhren, Munich, 1988, p.307.

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    Provenance

    Antiquorum Geneva, L'Horlogerie Française, 14 November 1993, lot 127 (CHF 81,400).