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A gilt-bronze-mounted tulipwood and amaranth régulateur  after a design by Gilles-Paul Cauvet, the dial signed Causard Hger du Roi suivant la cour, the case stamped N Petit  Louis XVI, circa 1770
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A gilt-bronze-mounted tulipwood and amaranth régulateur  after a design by Gilles-Paul Cauvet, the dial signed Causard Hger du Roi suivant la cour, the case stamped N Petit  Louis XVI, circa 1770
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A gilt-bronze-mounted tulipwood and amaranth régulateur  after a design by Gilles-Paul Cauvet, the dial signed Causard Hger du Roi suivant la cour, the case stamped N Petit  Louis XVI, circa 1770
Haut. 203 cm, larg. 62 cm, prof. 26 cm ; Height 80 in; width 24 1/2  in; depth 10 1/4  in
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Provenance

Former collection Alfred Beurdeley, sold in Paris, Palais Galliera, 20th June 1961

Literature

Comparative Literature: 
- Anne Droguet, Nicolas Petit, Paris, 2001, p. 73.
- S. De Ricci, Louis XVI Furniture, Stuttgart, p. 253 for a virtually identical régulateur au tournesol by Lepaute, in the Pierre Décourcelle sale (1911, no. 237).  
- Tardy, French Clocks the World Over, Part II, Paris 1981, p. 159, ilustrates a virtually identical régulateur au tournesol by Lepaute,  the case by Petit, in the Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris. There is also a version at Windsor Castle with an identical sunflower cresting.

- Pierre Verlet, Les Meubles Français du XVIII siècle, Paris, 1982, plate 128 for a related régulateur au tournesol with a verre eglomisé plaque on the front depicting the four continents, virtually identical to the one sold  as lot  96, from the collection of Dr. Alexandre Benchoufi, Sotheby's, New York, November 9th, 2006.

- Collection of the late Alberto Bruni Tedeschi, Sotheby's London, 21th March 2007, lot 175, for a similar one.

Catalogue Note

This model of lyre shaped case with a sunflower cresting known as a régulateur au tournesol was created by the designer and ornamentalist Gilles-Paul Cauvet before 1766 on the initiative of Jean-André Lepaute. This model is described in his inventories, where the bronzes were stated to be by Etienne Martincourt (fondeur received Master 1762). This type of régulateur  enjoyed great success as evidenced by its presence in the stock of Lepaute in 1789: `13..une pendule a secondes a equations faitte avec les bronzes modelés par M. Cauvet qui a la forme d'une lyre et qui est couronné par des tournesols. et le fond de bois plaqué; de cette pendule il n'existe que des bronzes modelés mais elle sera faite et achevée par lesdits neveux, elle sera plaquée en bois d'ébéne ou d'acajou au choix dudit sr Le Paute, les ornaments doré d'or moulu et le mouvement a équations a secondes'. 

Nicolas Petit I (1732-1791), received Master 1761, worked very closely with the Lepaute workshop and provided many cases to house their dials and movements.

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