Lot n° 28
2000 - 3000 EUR
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An ormolu, chased and openworked clock decorated... - Lot 28 - Osenat
An ormolu, chased and openworked clock decorated with rocaille, flowers and clasps, it rests on a natural base and four small feet. The circular enamelled movement with Arabic and Roman numerals signed PIERRE LE ROY in Paris. Louis XV period H : 37 W : 28 D : 30 cm (maintenance restorations) Note : A French watchmaker of great renown, Pierre Le Roy (1717- 1785) marked the history of his art by his skill as a designer and his methodical mind. He was the eldest son of Julien Le Roy, scientist and appointed watchmaker to King Louis XV. As a worthy heir, and an extremely talented one at that, Pierre Le Roy followed in his father's footsteps and became a watchmaker in his turn. His exceptional inventive skills made him the father of chronometry. He was the creator of a chronometer of unprecedented regularity, equipped with a free escapement, an isochronous balance spring and a compensated balance. In 1748, he was also the first watchmaker to apply the detent escapement. His excellence in the particular field of marine watches earned him a double prize from the Académie des Sciences. On the other hand, complementary skills in astronomy and physics enabled him to design a single-wheel striking clock and a detent escapement. His brilliant mind led him to succeed his father as clockmaker to King Louis XV.
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