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Pendule religieuse, signed Lejuste à Paris



FR 55/10

Three day movement, going and striking train on a single spring barrel, verge escapement, thread suspended pendulum with cycloidal cheeks, striking the hours full and one stroke on the half hours on a single bell, the back plate of the movement signed; velvet covered brass dial plate, engraved and gilded brass chapter ring, the minutes numbered from 1 to 60 on the outer ring, pierced, engraved and gilded brass hands, a brass cast and gilded cartouche undezrneath the chapter ring bearing the signature; ebonized walnut and fruitwood case with tin linings inlay , open triangle pediment with ebony finials, height 40,5 cm, around 1675.

Louis Lejuste Paris : workshop at Cour Neuve of the Royal Palace – Married in 1675 age 25. Masterpiece in 1681. Had his later workshop at the Cour Ancienne of the Royal Palace with the sign “À l’orloge” in 1700.

Literature : “Early French Pendulum Clocks 1658 – 1700” – Reinier Plomp – 2009.

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