Watchmaker: Jean Antoine Lépine (French, 1720–1814)
Case: gold, partly enameled and set with diamonds; Dial: enamel
Diam. 1-5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Lucy W. Drexel, 1889
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: On works and dial: L'Èpine. hger du Roy a Paris
Artist: Clock maker: Jean Godde l'aîné (French, ca. 1668–1748/49)Date: ca. 1740–45Medium: Case: gilded bronze, oak, and tortoiseshell on brass marquetry on oak; Dial: white enamel and gilded brass with blued-steel hands; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1971.206.27On view in:Gallery 526