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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.

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