Jean-Joseph Lepaute, 1769-1846, was the great nephew of the founder of the Lepaute dynasty Jean-André Lepaute, 1720-1789.
Jean-Joseph joined the Company as junior partner to Pierre-Basil Lepaute who was the son of Jean-André's brother Joseph. The partnership was perhaps the most fruitful of them all and together they made a great number of pieces for the Châteaux of the Tuilleries, St. Cloud, Trianon and Fontainebleau. In 1811 the firm divided and Pierre-Basil formed his own firm with his son Pierre-Michel under the name of Lepaute Fils.
Jean-Joseph Lepaute later took on Augustin-Michel Henry who was the son of Pierre Henry who had married Jean-André Lepaute's sister Elizabeth. Pierre later changed his name to Henry Neveu Lepaute and married Annais, the daughter of Jean-Joseph.
The Lepaute dynasty continued but the present clock is a remarkable achievement of best quality clockmaking and the very highest quality case-work. The ormolu mounts bear the closest of attention and serve to enhance the white enamel dial which has a charming understated lay-out that almost hides the fact that it can show both the equation of time and the full year calendar.