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Repeater watch

Maker:
Watchmaker: Julien Le Roy (French, Tours 1686–1759 Paris)
Maker:
Case maker: I. T. (French)
Date:
ca. 1755
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Gold, enamel
Dimensions:
Diam. 1-5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1566
Not on view
Julien Le Roy, probably the most inventive clockmaker in eighteenth century France, was appointed clockmaker to Louis XV (1710–1774), an honor that allowed him a workshop in the Louvre. The movement of the watch strikes hours and quarters on the back of the case instead of on a bell. This type of repeater, called a dumb repeater, allowed the user to tell the time unobtrusively by counting the vibrations of the case. The style of the case, with its beautiful opaque-enameled flowers that seem to float on an engraved gold ground, was fashionable among Parisian makers of watchcases and gold boxes about the middle of the eighteenth century.
Signature: Juln Le Roy à Paris (on movement)

Marking: Case: unidentified goldsmith’s mark, I.T., surmounted by a bird
Carl Heinrich Marfels ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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