Lot No. 444 (91st Auction)
L. Leroy & Cie., 7, Bd de la Madelaine, Paris, Case No. 18901, Height 76 mm, circa 1910

A decorative minute repeating miniature carriage clock with 8 day movement and alarm - with original silk-lined morocco case
Case: brass, gilt, engine-turning on all sides, decorated with stylized foliate and ribbon decor, signature in the base, bracket feet, handle with laurel wreath decor on top, button for repeating mechanism. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, signed, central alarm hand, blued spade hands. Movm.: brass bridge movement, frosted, gilt, 3 hammers / 3 gongs, 2 barrels, governor, screw compensation balance.

class=Normal> L. Leroy & Cie.
class=Normal> Born in 1859 in Argenteuil, the eldest son in a family of 14 children, he soon became familiar with the art of precision watchmaking. His father, Théodore-Marie Leroy, was well known as a maker of chronometers, Watchmaker to the Navy and a member of the Légion donneur. He employed Louis in the workshops where he quickly became the best of apprentices. When he was barely 16 years old he presented a piece that attracted great attention at the competition of the Paris Chamber of Watchmakers, and by the age of 20 he was an approved watchmaker. He spent a year in England, training under a manufacturer in Clerkenwell shortly after the London Universal Exhibition, and soon gained a reputation for being talented and ambitious with a fiercely enquiring mind. Casimir Halley Desfontaines recognized his ability and employed him at Le Roy & Sons, and soon afterwards in the Paris workshops. This was the dawn of a new era in society and the start of the company period of absolute excellence. Louis relationship with the Desfontaines family soon developed into a close friendship. When Casimir died, his son George took over the business, but his reliance on the expert advice of Leroy meant that it was he who emerged as the real leader. He became a partner in the business in 1888 and took it over completely one year later, changing the name to .Leroy & Cie, ancienne maison Le Roy & Fils From 1895 onwards, the company archives only refer to the name Leroy & Cie.
class=Normal> Source:, as of 07/31/2012.
Estimate  4,500 - 5,500 €

Price Realised  5,400 €
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