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Drocourt, Paris - A Finely Engraved Gorge Carriage Clock

The eight-day duration movement has the original silvered platform lever escapement, numbered 7330 to the underside being the platform makers serial number, and strikes the hours and half-hours on a bell, with a push button repeat at will to the top and a subsidairy alarm. The backplate is stamped with the Drocourt trademark, the initials D.C. either side of a clock within an oval, along with the serial number 8838, which gives a date of manufacture of circa 1876. The white enamel dial has black Roman hour numerals, Arabic outer five-minute numerals, blued steel moon hands and is indistinctly signed to the centre for the retailer Klaftenberger, London. The rear of the dial has writen in red ink, cannalée (see note below), along with the M mark for the dialmaker Adolphe Mojon as well as a repeat of the serial number in black ink and pencil. The gilded gorge case is  finely engraved and has a typical Drocourt five-bail handle and oval glass to the top. This style of case was generally used by the best makers and is considered the finest of the type used at this period having been designed in the early 1850s by Henri Jacot. A mix-up in the last century has seen a swap in the names of case styles; when originally designed by Jacot this was known as a cannalée, whilst the cannalée was known as a gorge, but such is the common usage in modern times that we now describe this as gorge. This clock has an importance in this respect in that Drocourt clocks of this earlier period often had the case style written in ink on the reverse of the dial and this one is clearly marked cannalée. This is repeated elsewhere on the clock in pencil. This clock is also most interesting as it has a typical Holingue (H.L.) movement, as supplied to Drocourt at this time, but is not signed as such, and nor does it have an H.L. roulant blanc number, so it must be one of the pieces made by Drocourt having taken over the Holingue Freres workshops in 1875, but still using up their stock. There is though a further number written on the rear of the dial 16269, which would correspond with that of Holingue. Height: 5¾ inches (14.5 cms): handle down: 6¾ inches (18 cms): handle up Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

Pierre and Alfred Drocourt

Pierre Drocourt, born 1819 & his son Alfred, born 1847, were one of the top maker's of carriage clocks in the mid to late Victorian period, having a factory at Saint-Nicolas-d'Aliermont, the most important town for carriage clock manufacture at the time, as well as premises in Paris at Rue Debelleyme 28; previously named Rue de Limoges prior to 1867, where he joined the well-known maker Blanpain. They made superb carriage clocks which were often decorative and were awarded numerous medals at exhibitions, such as the Bronze Medal at Paris 1867, the Silver at Paris 1878 and the gold at Paris in 1889. Alfred succeeded his father Pierre in circa 1871, with the latter’s retirement when he returned to his home village with his wife Marie and daughter Melanie. For further details on the Drocourt family and their clocks, see my 2014 Exhibition catalogue available to view from the catalogue section above, where there is a summary of my research.      

Price: £4,800.00

Ref: 1365

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Drocourt, Paris - A Finely Engraved Gorge Carriage Clock

The eight-day duration movement has the original silvered platform lever escapement, numbered 7330 to the underside being the platform makers serial number, and strikes the hours and half-hours on a bell, with a push button repeat at will to the top and a subsidairy alarm. The backplate is stamped with the Drocourt trademark, the initials D.C. either side of a clock within an oval, along with the serial number 8838, which gives a date of manufacture of circa 1876. The white enamel dial has black Roman hour numerals, Arabic outer five-minute numerals, blued steel moon hands and is indistinctly signed to the centre for the retailer Klaftenberger, London.  The rear of the dial has written in red ink, Cannalée (see note below), along with the M mark for the dialmaker Adolphe Mojon and repeat of the serial number in black ink and pencil. The gilded gorge case is  finely engraved and has a typical Drocourt five-bail handle and oval glass to the top. This style of case was generally used by the best makers and is considered the finest of the type used at this period having been designed in the early 1850s by Henri Jacot. A mix-up in the last century has seen a swap in the names of case styles; when originally designed by Jacot this was known as a cannalée, whilst the cannalée was known as a gorge, but such is the common usage in modern times that we now describe this as gorge. This clock has an importance in this respect in that Drocourt clocks of this earlier period often had the case style written in ink on the reverse of the dial and this one is clearly marked cannalee. This is repeated elsewhere on the clock, in pencil. This clock is also most interesting as it has a typical Holingue (H.L.) movement, as supplied to Drocourt at this time, but is not signed as such, and nor does it have an H.L. roulant blanc number, so it must be one of the pieces made by Drocourt having taken over the Holingue Freres workshops in 1875, but still using up their stock. There is though a further number written on the rear of the dial 16269, which would correspond with that of Holingue. Height: 5¾ inches (14.5 cms): handle down: 6¾ inches (18 cms): handle up Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

Pierre & Alfred Drocourt

Pierre Drocourt, born 1819 & his son Alfred, born 1847, were one of the top maker's of carriage clocks in the mid to late Victorian period, having a factory at Saint-Nicolas- d'Aliermont, the most important town for carriage clock manufacture at the time, as well as premises in Paris at Rue Debelleyme 28; previously named Rue de Limoges prior to 1867, where he joined the well-known maker Blanpain. They made superb carriage clocks which were often decorative and were awarded numerous medals at exhibitions, such as the Bronze Medal at Paris 1867, the Silver at Paris 1878 and the gold at Paris in 1889. Alfred succeeded his father Pierre in circa 1871, with the latter’s retirement when he returned to his home village with his wife Marie and daughter Melanie. For further details on the Drocourt family and their clocks, see my 2014 Exhibition catalogue available to view from the catalogue section above, where there is a summary of my research. 

Price: £4,800.00

Ref: 1365

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