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Auctioneers Dr. Crott 90th Auction

405 404 Lepine, Place de Victoires No. 12, Paris, Height 470 mm, circa 1800 An Empire table clock with half hour / hour self strike Case: mahogany, upright rectangular case on four gilt disc feet; moulded base and cornice with dentil patterned border, glass panels on four sides. Bezel surround with ormulu palmette moulding. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, centre seconds, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: circular brass full plate movement, 2 barrels, 1 hammer / 1 bell, solid movement pillars, count wheel, Graham escapement, compensation gridiron pendulum with knife edge suspension. Jean-Antonine Lépine (1720-1814) Lépine went to Paris in 1744 to work in the shop of André-Charles Caron. He later married Caron’s daughter and obtained his master craftsman’s certificate in 1756. Lépine became known in 1763 when he invented a new striking mechanism for pocket watches, which was made public in the “Mémoires de l’Académie des Sciences” in 1766. Lépine was appointed clockmaker to the king in 1765; he took over his father-in-law’s workshop a year later. His idea of replacing the backplate with bridges and cocks made the service of the watches much easier and achieved his breakt- hrough in 1770. He formed a partnership with Claude-Pierre Raguet in 1792 and called himself “Horloger du Roi” from then on. Lepine, Place de Victoires No. 12 巴黎 — 大小自鳴的帝國座鐘 39750 C: 2 D: 2 M: 2, 41, 51 4.000 - 5.000 EUR 5.000 - 6.300 USD 40.000 - 50.000 HKD Le Gros, Horloger de la Reine, Paris, 410 x 120 x 110 mm, circa 1810 An extremely rare Louis XVI “Pendule plan incliné” Case: inclined plane: white marble, bun feet, grooves. Clock Case: drum- shaped, brass, gilt, open work front, bead and reel border. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, signed, pierced, engraved, gilt hands. Movm.: circular brass full plate movement, heavy led weight, applied platform with verge escapement, short pendulum. The movement is driven by the clock’s own weight and rolls down the inclined plane. The dial remains in a horizontal position. Le Gros, Horloger de la Reine 巴黎 — 極罕見的帝國風格”Pendule plan incliné”座鐘 39598 C: 3, 14, 31 D: 3, 32 M: 2, 30, 41 18.000 - 22.000 EUR 22.500 - 27.500 USD 180.000 - 220.000 HKD

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