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Lepaute et Fils Perpetual Calendar Clock

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This outstanding perpetual calendar clock marks the hours and the days of the year

Key Features

  • This stunning regulator clock is a masterpiece by Lepaute et Fils
  • This rare Louis Philippe timepiece also functions as a perpetual calendar clock
  • Complete with a Bréguet mechanism, this clock's date ring also accounts for leap years
  • The ringer mechanism is connected and triggered with a fine chain
  • Dial signed sign Lepaute et Fils, Hgers du Roi, No. 90
  • Circa 1840

Item Details

  • Width:
    13 3/4 Inches
  • Height:
    71 3/4 Inches
  • Depth:
    11 1/4 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
Once housed at the home of famed Academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau, this extraordinary and rare perpetual calendar clock is the work of the eminent Lepaute et Fils, clockmakers to two kings of France. Crafted of oak and beech with veneers of Birdseye maple and blackened pearwood, this exceptional timepiece is a triumph of the Charles X period. A longcase regulator clock  tracks the hours, minutes and seconds on a silvered dial with its Bréguet blued steel hands, as well as the days with its annular gear rotation calendar, which is graduated for each day of the year. This mechanism is so precise that it adjusts for temperature and even accounts for leap years, allowing for  the passage of 28 to 29 February over four years.  A fine chain connects the movement to the ringer, located in the clock's lower body, and triggers its spring mechanism. Rarely does one find a French clock in such a magnificent case equipped with an equally spectacular movement. That it was housed at the home of such an esteemed artist is even more remarkable.

The Lepaute family was perhaps the most famous clock and watchmakers in Paris, beginning in the mid-18th century, and continuing into the Victorian period with a succession of talented sons and nephews. Successive generations of the Lepaute family created clocks and watches for some of France's most important residences, including the Palais de Fontainebleau, Chteau de St. Cloud and Chteau de Comilègne, as well as public clocks, including one in the Louvre and the Ecole Royale Militaire, which is still in working order. In 1821, one member of the family, Jean-Joseph Lepaute, was appointed official clockmaster to Paris. Another important member of the family firm was Augustin-Michel- Henry Lepaute (1800-85), who was appointed clockmaker to Louis-Philippe and Napoléon III. He created timepieces for the Palais de Justice in Paris and the Bourse in  Marseilles. Two of his regulators are in the Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers, while one of his gold watches is housed at the Guildhall of London. Lepaute clocks are also housed at Windsor Castle and in the Wallace Collection.

Dial signed sign "Lepaute et Fils, Hgers du Roi, No. 90"

Circa 1830

13 3/4" wide x 11 1/4" deep x 71 3/4" high
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