Lot 9
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Robin, Hger. du Roi

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40,000 - 50,000 USD
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Description

  • AN IMPORTANT ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY MEAN AND SOLAR TIME MANTLE REGULATOR WITH REMONTOIRE
    PARIS 1815-1820
  • height 19 in (48 cm)
* 5 1/2" enamel dial signed Robin Hlger. du Roi, the outer edge at 6 o'clock signed Dubuisson, two gilt-pierced and engraved brass hands for hours and solar minutes, three blued steel hands for mean time minutes, annual calendar and center seconds, the outer edge calibrated with signs of the zodiac, winding squares concealed by the leaf milled ormolu bezel * Graham-type escapement mounted within the plates, rectangular plated movement with four pillars, spring driven strike train striking bell above, gridiron pendulum pendant with knife edge pendulum bob * rectangular mahogany case with Eboniste maker's signature F. J. Papst, glazed panels with ormolu leaf tip borders and moldings, the dial with an ormolu tasseled drape below

Catalogue Note

Robert Robin, the most renowned French clockmaker to work in the latter part of the eighteenth-century, was born at Chauny in 1741. He was received as a master clockmaker in November 1767 by decree of the Council exempting him from the apprenticeship qualification, probably because he had already displayed such a formidable talent for his art. He was made Horloger du Duc de Chartres in 1778, Horloger du Roi in 1784 and Horloger de la Reine in 1786 as well as many other formal appointments during the fading years of the Royal family and into the era of the Republic. He established premises at various addresses in Paris and was at the prestigious Galeries du Louvre from 1786.

Robin was a remarkable engineer with a creative mind. He was prominent among a small circle of great clockmakers at the end of the eighteenth-century who greatly improved the accuracy of time measurement. During the final years of the French monarchy Robin supplied the Crown with a considerable number of clocks. The various inventories for the King, the Queen and that of Monsieur, the King's brother, list upwards of forty clocks by Robin.

Robin died in Paris on 17 July 1799.
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