Lot No. 108 (89th Auction)
Le Roy à Paris, Movement No. 2672, 30 mm, 21 g, circa 1810

A very fine half pearl-set miniature gold enamel pendant watch
Case: 18k gold, half pearl-set bezels, the back side with divided decoration: upper part engine-turned and translucent cobalt-blue enamelled, ornamented with half pearl-set blades of grass; the lower part with a polychrome enamelled scene depicting a winged Cupid and a sheep within a half pearl-set border; central Champlevé enamel decoration; reeded band. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: full plate movement, signed, gilt, chain/fusee, solid movement pillars, three-arm brass balance, verge escapement, engraved, pierced balance bridge.

Julien Le Roy
He was one of the most outstanding clock- and watchmakers of his time and certainly played a decisive part in establishing the leading role French clockmaking had in the 18th century. He became a master in 1713, presented an equation clock to the Académie Royale des Sciences in 1717, and was appointed clockmaker to the king in 1739 (with his own rooms at the Louvre). Le Roy invented the adjustable bracket for the verge escapement wheel ("potence"), the repetition strike on springs instead of bells for pocket watches, and the "all-or-nothing" piece for repeating watches. His inventions and improvements were of such extreme importance that most watchmakers adopted them promptly for their own pieces. Later Le Roy was director of the Société des Arts; he and his son supplied the entries on watches and clocks in the encyclopaedia compiled by Diderot and d'Alembert.
Estimate  1,800 - 2,500 €

Price Realised  2,500 €
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