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Drocourt - A Giant Grande-Sonnerie Carriage Clock

A fine and rare giant grande-sonnerie carriage clock by Drocourt, with an excellent provenance. The eight-day duration movement has a large silvered platform lever straight-line club-tooth escapement with a Brequet  overcoil to the hairspring, and strikes the hours and quarters on two gongs, with each being sounded at each quarter;  grande-sonnerie strike. To the underside of the case is a lever allowing for the full striking, striking or silent. The backplate  is stamped with the Drocourt trademark along with the serial number 17468, with the gong block stamped F.D. for the gong  maker. The silvered dial is beautifully engraved with floriate decoration, with the inset ring having black Roman numerals and  further engraving to the dial; with blued steel spade hands.   The substantial case is reminiscent of those made at this period for English carriage clocks with pillared corners which have  ringed capitals standing on further blocks and a moulded frieze, and retains its original gilding.   Complete with the original numbered box and key.   Height: 9½ inches (25 cms) The previous owner, a collector from the London area, originally bought the clock from Maurice Pitcher of E. Pitcher & Co.  in 1968 at a cost of £1,600.00. Maurice Pitcher was probably the foremost carriage clock dealer of the time having taken over the business from his father  Ernest in 1915 on his return from the war; Ernest having died in 1914. The firm was founded in 1880, as wholesalers of  French clocks imported into Britain, and are known to have been the sole importer of clocks manufactured by the Parisian  maker V. Blanpain, being a interesting connection as Blanpain shared a workshop with the young Pierre Drocourt from  1856, at Rue Limoges 8, having been there a couple of years before Drocourt joined him from his own workshops at Rue  Coutures-St-Gervais in that year. At one point, circa 1900, E. Pitcher & Co were importers into Britain of carriage clocks  made by a number of other French makers including E. Maurice; Couaillet Freres; Margaine; Hour and Chevallier, the latter  most likely being Auguste Lechevallier, the workshop manager for Alfred Drocourt.   See Allix & Bonnert; Carriage Clocks, Their History & Development, Appendix (c) for a personal recollection of the French  carriage clock industry by Maurice Pitcher. Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

Drocourt

I have been researching the clocks and lives of Pierre & Alfred Drocourt, and their families, for a number of years now and have unearthed information hitherto unknown which has greatly added to our knowledge of them, as well as debunking some previously held views and confirming others that were of uncertain origin. To read a summary of my work please go to the exhibition page and view the catalogue that was published to coincide with my 2014 Drocourt Exhibition of forty-plus clocks as well as revealing some of the previously unknown history of Drocourt. This research, along with that on the Jacot family, is still on-going and I would be most grateful to hear of any clocks by both Drocourt & Jacot to add to my database.

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Drocourt - A Giant Grande-Sonnerie Carriage Clock

A fine and rare giant grande-sonnerie carriage clock by Drocourt, with an excellent  provenance. The eight-day duration movement has a large silvered platform lever straight-line club-tooth escapement with a Brequet overcoil to the hairspring, and strikes the hours and quarters on two gongs, with each being sounded at each quarter; grande-sonnerie strike. To the  underside of the case is a lever allowing for the full striking, striking or silent. The backplate is stamped with the Drocourt trademark along with the serial number 17468, with the gong block stamped F.D. for the gong maker. The silvered dial is beautifully engraved with floriate decoration, with the inset ring having black Roman numerals and further engraving to the dial; with blued steel spade hands. The substantial case is reminiscent of those made at this period for English carriage clocks with pillared corners which have ringed capitals standing on further blocks and a moulded frieze, and retains its original gilding. Complete with the original numbered box and key. Height: 9½ inches (25 cms) The previous owner, a collector from the London area, originally bought the clock from  Maurice Pitcher of E. Pitcher & Co. in 1968 at a cost of £1,600.00. Maurice Pitcher was probably the foremost carriage clock dealer of the time having taken over the business from his father Ernest in 1915 on his return from the war; Ernest having died in 1914. The firm was founded in 1880, as wholesalers of French clocks imported into Britain, and are known to have been the sole importer of clocks manufactured by the  Parisian maker V. Blanpain, being a interesting connection as Blanpain shared a workshop with the young Pierre Drocourt from 1856, at Rue Limoges 8, having been there a couple of years before Drocourt joined him from his own workshops at Rue Coutures-St-Gervais in  that year. At one point, circa 1900, E. Pitcher & Co were importers into Britain of carriage clocks made by a number of other French makers including E. Maurice; Couaillet Freres;  Margaine; Hour and Chevallier, the latter most likely being Auguste Lechevallier, the  workshop manager for Alfred Drocourt. See Allix & Bonnert; Carriage Clocks, Their History & Development, Appendix (c) for a  personal recollection of the French carriage clock industry by Maurice Pitcher Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

Drocourt

I have been researching the clocks and lives of Pierre & Alfred Drocourt, and their families, for a number of years now and have unearthed information hitherto unknown which has  greatly added to our knowledge of them, as well as debunking some previously held views and confirming others that were of uncertain origin. To read a summary of my work please go to the exhibition page and view the catalogue that was published to coincide with my 2014 Drocourt Exhibition of forty-plus clocks as well as revealing some of the previously unknown history of Drocourt. This research, along with that on the Jacot family, is still on-going and I would be most  grateful to hear of any clocks by both Drocourt & Jacot to add to my database.

Price: Reserved

Ref: 1332

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