Jacques Antoine Lepage was reputedly born in Hambye, France. Tardy, op. cit. lists that he was residing in Rue du Grand Chantier,Paris in 1830. However in the original documents applying for the patent (to be included in the lot) he is listed as Horloger à Coutances which is in the Manches region. That the clock was made in Paris is supported by the entry in Tardy op. cit. which states; Il présenta, en 1844, une horloge astronomique à l'A.S..
Accompanying the clock are four important documents original to the clock;
1. A full and detailed four page description of the whole clock by Lepage himself (with English translation)
2. A letters patent dated 8 August 1849 requesting a patent for 15 years for a system of an astronomical clock
3. A receipt from the patent office dated 6 August 1850 acknowledging payment of 100 francs
4. A hand-written receipt from Lepage (listed as living in Montmartin) acknowledging receipt of 800 francs from Mademoiselle Julie Duperouzel for the astronomical clock, dated 15 May, 1854
Like other orrerys in the past one strongly suspects that this clock was used as a method of teaching. The whole object embodies the sciences employing a multitude of interesting elements; time, the solar system, the star system, the geographical locations around the world and the barometer above not to mention a mechanical movement inside.
Lepages's use of the Ptolemaic system although antiquated by at least two centuries is perhaps easier to understand when mapped out in its present form and used for teaching purposes. The Ptolemeic theory was that the earth was the central celestial body about which the sun, moon and stars revolved and although disproved two centuries earlier by Galileo this theory is still used as the basis for modern navigation.