Lot No. 506 (89th Auction)
(Jean-)Fredrick Leschot à La Chaux-de-Fonds / sold to Rilliet à Strasbourg, Height 725 mm, circa 1780

A magnificent ormolu mounted pendulum clock with half hour/hour strike and quarter repeater
Case: wood, waisted case, mounted bronze sheet with flower mother-of-pearl and laquer inlays, very finely engraved and chased gilt bronze applications: volutes, garlands and ribbons, the front with framed aperture for the controlling of the pendulum, glazed sides, vase finial with pine cone; string for repetition. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, seller signature, blued hands. Movm.: rectangular brass full plate movement, gilt, signed, 2 barrels, keywind, 3 hammers / 2 bells, solid movement pillars, count wheel, pendulum with silk string suspension and cyclodial cheeks.

Jean-Frédéric Leschot (1746-1824)
Exceptional watchmaker, genius mechanics. Adoptive son of Pierre Jaquet-Droz, who participated in the construction and making of ingenious Automatons which performed the most incredible things such as writing, drawing a picture, playing the piano, in other words precursors of our modern day computers. He also produced complicated musical clocks, as well as making artificial limbs (prosthesis of artificial limbs).
He also invented a wheel-cutting machine for watch movements and built a device to demonstrate the theory of watch movement gearing. In 1782, he became partners with Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz and in 1784 they established themselves and their company in Geneva. In 1787 they received the title of "Honorable Citizen of Geneva"
Source:, as of 03/29/2014.
Estimate  7,000 - 11,000 €
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