Louis XVI Cartel Clock

Paris, Louis XVI period
Reference #: EF1386

JEAN-ANDRÉ LEPAUTE
(MAÎTRE HORLOGER, 1759)

JEAN-BAPTISTE II LEPAUTE
(MAÎTRE HORLOGER, 1766)

Gilt bronze and white marble
Signed Lepaute Hger du Roi

DIMENSIONS:
Height: 27 ¾ inches (70.5 cm.)
Width: 13 inches (33 cm.)

SIMILAR EXAMPLE:
Kjellberg, Pendule Française (1997), p. 191, fig. F.

A gilded bronze cartel clock surmounted by a draped urn with mask above clock face and looped laurel garland below.

Cartel clocks of the Louis XVI period are often topped with a covered urn and decorated with laurels, acanthus, ribbons, and friezes along the supports. Fewer examples exhibit the “Etruscan” style, with features like a tied ribbon supporting the clock face.

Jean-André (maître, 1759) and Jean-Baptiste Lepaute founded a clock manufactory in 1747 and became highly successful due to a number of unusual inventions made by the elder brother Jean-André. The firm was based on the rue Saint-Honoré and later moved to Croix du Trahoir by the place du Palais Royal where it supplied an elite clientele of Parisian aristocrats and nobleman. The two nephews of Jean-Baptiste took over the business in the 1780’s.

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