Laurent Guiard provided the model for the figure titled “Time’s Employment” adorning this clock. The design proved to be among the most popular in eighteenth-century France. One of the most inventive clockmakers of the time, and clockmaker to Louis XV, Le Roy contributed significantly to the development of the marine chronometer. After his death, his son Pierre Le Roy used his name, making it difficult to distinguish the work of father from son.
Signature: Engraved on back of movement: Julien Le Roy AParis
Inscription: Inscribed on dial: Julien Le Roy
Marking: Impressed signature flanked by fleur-de-lys appears across the front left-hand corner on the plain oak carcass: JOSEPH
[ Robert Denning & Vincent Fourcade, Inc. , New York, from 1970–91; sold to MMA ]
Artist: Clockmaker: Julien Le Roy (French, Tours 1686–1759 Paris)Date: ca. 1745–49Medium: Chantilly soft-paste porcelain mounted on gilt bronz, flowers of soft- and hard-paste porcelain; clock face of white enameled metalAccession: 1982.60.68On view in:Gallery 539