Julien Le Roy, maître in 1713
Clocks of this model, incorporating the figure of an elephant into an essentially chinoiserie design, were made of both porcelain and bronze from the late 17th century in France. The figure of the elephant is thought to have been derived from a Kakiemon model, an example of which is in the Burghley House Collection, Stamford, Lincolnshire (see illustration in British Museum Exhibition, "Porcelain for Palaces", 6 July-4 November 1900, p.178).
Two clocks with nearly identical cases and bases, are in the Residenz, Bamburg (illustrated in H. Ottomeyer/P. Proschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol.I, p.124, fig.2.8.5) and at Drottningholm Palace in Sweden (illustrated in Setterwall, et. al., Drottningholm Palace, Sweden, 1972, p.111). Other examples of this model include one from the collection of Lord Hillingdon, sold Christie's London, 17 March 1960, lot 76 and another sold by Lady Kirkpatrick, Donacomper, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Christie's London, 23 June 1966, lot 55.