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Frédéric Japy (1749-1812)

Biography of French Clock Movement Maker Frédéric Japy (1749-1812)

Frédéric Japy (1749-1812) (baptised Édouard Louis Frédéric Japy) was born on 22nd May 1749 at Beaucourt in France, the son of Jacques Japy (1699-1781) and Marie-Marguerite Fainot (1745-1797). Japy died 4th January 1812 at Badevel.

Japy first made movements for the clock industry at his factory in 1777 (which was to become known as Japy Frères). It was to become the largest and most commercially important clock making concern in France.

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Lot FS17/741

Lot FS17/741: A French Bronze and Ormolu Mantel Clock

A French bronze and ormolu mantel clock the eight-day duration movement striking the hours and half hours on a bell with the backplate stamped with the trademark for the movement maker Japy Freres & Co, the white enamel dial with black Roman numerals and blued steel moon hands, the movement set within a bronze rectangular block surmounted by a Greek warriors helmet, with a depiction of the Goddess Diana the Huntress to one side with an ormolu pillar the other side adorned with a mount depicting a quiver of arrows and surmounted by a lamp, the base with raised relief to the front depicting Diana the Huntress stood before three classical figures, height: 50cm.

Estimate: £800 - £1,200
Realised: £2,100