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Le Roy et Fils

Information about clockmakers Le Roy et Fils

Le Roy et Fils were established by Basile Charles Le Roy in 1785 and were well known and fine makers of clocks.

Basile Charles Le Roy was the Master Clockmaker to Napolean and along with his son Charles-Louis Le Roy were clockmakers to the Princess Pauline and the Duke de Bourbon.

Examples of their work are in all the major collections as well in the Ministere de la Guerre, Paris.

The Maison de Le Roy was founded in 1785 at Palais Royal and continued until the death of Charles-Louis Le Roy at Versailles in 1865.

Le Roy et Fils took on premises at 13-15 Galerie Montpensier, Palais Royal, Paris when the Duc d'Orleans opened the Palais Royal gardens for both the trade's and public's use with many prestigious shops opening under the arcaded walkways.

From 1885, the London retail outlet of Le Roy et Fils was at 57 Bond Street, having moved from Regent Street.

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Lot FS36/832

Lot FS36/832: Le Roy & Fils, Paris, A Mirrored Lyre-shaped Mantel Clock

Le Roy & Fils, Paris, a mirrored lyre-shaped mantel clock the eight-day duration movement striking the hours and half-hours on a bell with an outside countwheel and Brocot pendulum regulation and having a heavy cast-brass pendulum bob, the backplate stamped Le Roy & Fils, Paris, No 4896, along with the stamp of the blanc roulant maker Vincenti et Cie, the round white enamel dial having blue Roman hour numerals, Arabic outer five-minute numerals and signed to the centre Le Roy & Fils, Palais Royale a Paris, Gie Montensier 13-15. Medaille a L'Expose Londres 1851, the gilt-wood case of lyre form with inset mirrored panels some having applied gilt deoration, height 42cm.

Estimate: £400 - £600
Realised: £620

Lot FS28/730

Lot FS28/730: Le Roy, Paris, A French Porcelain Lyre Clock

Le Roy, Paris, a French porcelain lyre clock the eight-day duration movement striking the hours and half-hours on a bell, the backplate stamped with the serial number 25462, the round white enamel dial having black Arabic hour numerals with coloured floral swags between, gilt brass lyre-shaped hands and signed Le Roy, 59 New Bond Street, London, Made in France with the paste-set 'pendulum' circle set around the dial with a brass and steel pendulum rod, the blue porcelain lyre shaped case with gilt-brass decorative floral mounts, an ormolu sunburst to the top and standing on gilt bun feet, height 34cm.

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,800
Realised: £2,200

Lot FS17/745

Lot FS17/745: Leroy ' Paris, A Black Marble Perpetual Calendar Mantel Clock

Leroy ' Paris, a black marble perpetual calendar mantel clock the eight-day duration movement striking the hours and half-hours on a bell, stamped on the backplate with the signature & serial number of the retailer, Leroy ' Paris, 13492, and the trademark of the maker of the roulant blanc, S Marti et Cie, Medaille de Bronze and oval stamp with the initials CAF quite probably the finisher of the movement for Leroy, with a visible Brocot escapement to the centre of the two-piece enamel dial, black Roman numerals and blued steel moon hands, signed to the centre for the retailer Leroy & Fils, 211 Regent Street, 13 & 15 Palais Royale, Paris, with a thermometer set below the dial showing both Reaumur and Fahrenheit, with a round barometer dial set to the lower right-hand side having two badges stamped on, with a second subsidiary dial having further subsidiary dials showing the moonphase, day & date and with the outer dial marked for the perpetual calendar changes and month, the black marble case of serpentine design with scroll sides, height: 51 cms.

Estimate: £2,000 - £2,500
Realised: £2,900