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Watch

Maker:
Watchmaker: Jean Antoine Lépine (French, 1720–1814)
Date:
ca. 1766
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Case: gold, partly enameled and set with diamonds; Dial: enamel
Dimensions:
Diam. 1-5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Lucy W. Drexel, 1889
Accession Number:
89.2.69
Not on view
Lépine was appointed clockmaker (Horloger du Roy) to Louis XV (1710–1774) probably about the end of 1765 or the beginning of 1766, and he included the appointment in his signature until about 1790 or 1792, when revolutionary activity in France made a mention of the monarch impolitic, if not dangerous. In the period leading up to the Revolution, his watches became famous for their slim elegance
and increasingly inventive technology. The Museum’s watch is a simpler product of the 1760s, displaying Lépine’s effort to decrease the space between the plates of the movement while still allowing room for the verge escapement.
Signature: L'Èpine. hger du Roy a Paris (on works and dial)
Lucy W. Drexel (until 1889; to MMA)
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