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Pierre Giteau (Lepine?), Paris, France, c. 1840. Twin barrel, single train with Robin remontoire, half second compensated gridiron pendulum, jeweled knife edge and gimbaled suspension, Graham deadbeat escapement reading seconds, gilt dial bezel, two week duration. 17 1/8" x 11" x 5 7/8"

The dial reads Giteau Eleve de Breguet, translated as Giteau student of Breguet. Brian Loomes has the following entry: "Giteau, Paris (Palais Royal) 1811- c.1870. Former pupil of Breguet  & former clockmaker to the King. Sometimes Gitau. Giteaux." The design of the frame, pendulum suspension and other components strongly resemble or even copy the same type of clocks made by Jean Lepine. However, in Continental and American Skeleton Clocks, Derek Roberts, there is illustrated an example nearly identical to this clock, including the escapement and signed Breguet on the dial, pp. 66-67.

Provenance: Joseph von Marwitz, (1897-1975), Berlin, / Private collection, Brandenburg, (by decent)

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