Time is ticking for the Leroy de Fils carriage clock...


Posted in: Asian Works of Art
Posted on: 30 January 2015
Time is ticking for the Leroy de Fils carriage clock... February’s The Furniture, Clocks & Scientific Instruments Auction offers a wide variety of clocks, from a 17th century longcase clock (lot 535) to a miniature timepiece (lot 536). Amongst the carriage clocks, lot 550 is a standout example. The late repeating brass carriage clock has an enamel face, engraved with Leroy et Fils, clockmakers and retailers known to be of exceptional quality. Basile Charles Le Roy established founded the House of Leroy in 1785 at Palais Royal and, with his son Charles-Louis, he became the clockmaker to Napoleon Bonaparte, Princess Pauline and the Duke de Bourbon.

In 1823, the House of Leroy filed a patent for a self-winding atmospheric clock and in 1836, a patent was filed for wind clocks. Leroy et Fils continued at Palais Royal until the death of Charles-Louis in 1865; from 1885, the London branch was based at Bond Street. In 1904, the business was awarded the Grand Prize at the St. Louis World Fair. Leroy et Fils clocks are sought-after by collectors and examples of the clocks are held in major collections.


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