A good mid 18th century French ormolu quarter repeating cartel timepiece  LeBon, Paris
Lot 60W
A good mid 18th century French ormolu quarter repeating cartel timepiece LeBon, Paris
Sold for £1,500 (US$ 2,451) inc. premium

Lot Details
A good mid 18th century French ormolu quarter repeating cartel timepiece
LeBon, Paris
The elaborate case surmounted by a female figure over asymmetric scolls and a pair of cherubs emerging from the clouds, the (replaced) 4.5 inch enamel dial with pierced gilt hands, the movement with large barrel and shaped plates united by four baluster knopped pillars, now with lever platform escapement, but retaining the original quarter-repeating work sounding on two bells and hammers 51cms (20ins) high.

Footnotes

  • Alexander Le Bon was a horological innovator working from 1714-1750. The equation clocks that he made with his pupil Julien Le Roy are described in Gallon's Machines et Inventions of 1714 and 1722. He also experimented with the anchor escapement and devised a remontoir wound via the strike train. See Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, NAG 2006.


    An identical case with a timepiece movement by Thiout, Paris is illustrated in Tardy, La Pendule Francaise, p189.
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