Nicolas Gribelin, born in Blois in 1637, produced clocks for the French court including a piece which indicated the hours, the minutes, the degrees of the sun and of the moon, with a dial for the day and another for the night as well as another rare striking clock.
Jean-André Lepaute, born in 1720, invented in 1751 a clock the mechanism of which consisted in one single wheel. A year later he invented a piece, which indicated the hours, the minutes and the seconds, striking every hour and every quarter. Some of his most famous clocks were the Uranie piece with sculptures after Houdon, the Clio piece, the mixed Uranie and Clio clock, Time and Astronomy as well as Mars and Eros. His son Jean Baptiste, his nephew Pierre-Henry and cousin Pierre-Basile were also renowned clock makers.
«A superb Empire ormolu
with equation of time, by Lepaute,
circa 1808 (Value : US $ 120,000-150,000)»
«A fine bronze ormolu
and red marble
French, circa 1815
(Value : US $ 9,000-11,000)»
Jean-Antoine Lépine, born in 1720, was also a clock- maker to the King, and produced a clock decorated with the head of a Negro girl, now in the collection of the Queen in London.
«An important Louis XVI ormolu mounted
mahogany regulator with equation of time
by J. A Lépine and Claude-Pierre Raguet (1753-1810),
his son-in-law. Value : US $ 200,000-250,000)»