Louis XV style mantel clock signed LeRoy et Fils



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A fine cast bronze gilt mantel clock stamped on the back plate “Le Roy et Fils a Paris”. Most of the fire gilt is rubbed, but some prefer this more subdued look to the bright and intense gold it was when originally made. The castings are the best!! The Julien LeRoy family successors become fuzzy after Julien’s passing in 1759. Julien was best for having been active in advancing the science of marine chronometers. His son Pierre took over his business and it is thought that the business continued until the mid 1800s. Basil, Etienne and Jean were a few other well-regarded makers who worked in Paris in to the 19th century. Judging from the clockworks, it appears to have been made just prior to 1850. Whatever the exact date of the clock, it is possible that the case castings were from the original plates that predate the 19th century.

Condition report

One glass on the case side is repaired. There is no guarantee of either the mechanical performance of clocks nor the completeness and originality of their parts and components

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