Jean-Gatien Hoguet

At the time this clock was made there were two active Parisian horologists named Hoguet. The first, François II Hoguet, the son of a clockmaker, was an “ouvrier libre” in the Quai Pelletier quarter; the second, Jean-Gatien Hoguet, also the son of a Parisian clockmaker, became a master in May 1773. The present clock was almost certainly made by the latter, as were two clocks signed Hoguet that are described briefly in probate inventories drawn up in the early 19th century, after the death of the widow of the chevalier de Loynes de la Potinière and of Sophie Lalive de Bellegarde, widow of Claude-César-Constant, Count of Houdetot and a well-known collector.