Hans Ottomeyer and Peter Pröschel, "Vergoldete Bronzen", 1986, p. 160, pl. 3.3.1, illustrating a clock by Julien le Roy, housed in an almost identical case, with additional base, at Waddesdon Manor, Oxfordshire, England. Jean-Dominique Augarde, "Les Ouvriers du Temps", p. 90, illustrating a clock by Le Roy Fils, housed in an identical case, previously owned by the eighteenth century financier, Nicolas Beaujon. Elke Niehüser, "Die Französische Bronzeuhr, Eine Typologie der Figürlichen Darstellungen", 1997, p. 39.
A very rare and fine quality Louis XVI gilt bronze and marble figural clock entitled "Allegory of Study" or "The Geoffrin Clock", signed on the white enamel dial Le Nepveu à Paris
Paris, date circa 1775
Height, 30 cm, length 65 cm.
The case was inspired by the beautiful Madame Geoffrin, modelled after a design by Laurent Guiard and made by Edme Roy. The movement was by the Parisian clockmaker, Nicolas-Antoine Le Nepvue (circa1736-1796) who was received as a maître in 1773.