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Drocourt, Paris - A Grande-Sonnerie Carriage Clock with Interesting Features

A grande-sonnerie carriage clock by Alfred Drocourt, with interesting features relative to the history of this fine maker. The   eight-day   duration   movement   has   a   silvered   platform   lever   escapement,   and   has   grande-sonnerie   strike   in   which   it strikes   the   hours   and   quarters   on   two   gongs,   with   each   being   sounded   at   each   quarter.   To   the   underside   of   the   case   is   a lever   allowing   for   full-striking    (grande-sonnerie);   striking   (petite-sonnerie,   with   the   quarters   sounding   at   each   quarter   and the   hour   just   on   the   hour),   or   silent.    The   backplate   is   stamped   with   the   Drocourt   trademark   along   with   the   serial   number 19101, with the gong block stamped F.D. for the gong maker. The   gilded   masked   dial,   with   blued   steel   spade   hands,   is   most   interestingly   signed,   certainly   within   the   context   of   the history   of   Drocourt,   having   black   Roman   numerals   and   signed   Drocourt,   28,   Rue   Debelleyme,   Paris,    with   the   number   28 struck   out   and   replaced   with   the   number   31,   and   has   an   additional   31   at   the   end   to   balance   out   the   wording.   This   being significant   as   my   research   now   shows   that   Alfred   Drocourt   had   to   leave   his   long-standing   workshops   at   number   28   prior   to 1908   with   a   move   further   along   the   street   to   much   smaller   premises   at   number   31,   where   he   was   to   stay   for   just   a   couple of years. The   silvered   and   gilded   bambu    case   is   also   significant   in   that   it   has   an   engraved   plaque   to   the   underside   with   a   repeat   of the   28,   Rue   Debelleyme    address,   and   where   again   the   number   28   has   been   struck   through   with   tramlines   and   replaced   with a well engraved number 31. The   original   leather   travelling   box   is   embossed   within   the   lid   with   gilded   details   showing   the   address   for   Drocourt   as   31, Rue   Debelleyme   and   referring   to   the   award   of   the   Hors   Concours   at   the   Paris   Exposition   of   1900.   Alfred   Drocourt   was   not able to receive an actual exhibitors medal at this exhibition as he was a member of the Classe 96 horological jury. That   this   clock   was   fitted   to   the   travelling   box   after   1900   is   apparent,   but   the   serial   number   19101   would   suggest   a manufacturing   date   of   circa   1890.   My   research   would   indicate   that   in   the   latter   years,   certainly   from   1900   onwards, Drocourt   was   utilising   unused   ‘old   stock’   for   his   finer   clocks   and   finishing   them   for   sale.   I   have   now   seen   at   least   five examples   where   the   dating   of   the   actual   clocks   are   some   ten   or   more   years   after   the   serial   numbers   would   indicate   the movements   were   first   manufactured.   That   this   striking-out   of   the   original   street   number   was   not   a   one-off   is   indicated   by another   grande-sonnerie   sold   by   Christies   Auctioneers   in   1998   as   part   of   the   well-known   Dr   Eugene   &   Rose   Antelis Collection   and   where   Drocourt   serial   number   34831   is   shown   to   have   the   28   removed   from   the   address   on   the   ivory   dial,   as well   as   also   having   it   struck   through   on   the   engraved   plaque   to   the   underside   of   the   base   to   make   the   street   number replacement.   Another   example   is   serial   number   28978   (my   stock   number   1383)   which   has   the   address   on   the   dial   as   28, Rue   Debelleyme,   but   is   fitted   in   an   original   travelling   box   that   has   the   same   embossed   detail   as   shown   on   this   example   with the address shown as number 31. It   is   possible   that   the   sale   of   the   Drocourt   house   and   workshops   in   Saint-Nicolas-d’Aliermont   in   1904,   and   from   where   all the   blancs   roulants   originally   came   from,   severely   impacted   on   the   business   as   it   is   now   known   that   he   had   the   majority   of the less-expensive carriage clocks made elsewhere at this time. All most interesting and intriguing.   Height: 7 1/4 inches (18.5 cms)  handle up: 6 inches (15.5 cms) handle down. 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: On Application

Ref: 1417

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Drocourt - A Grande-Sonnerie Carriage Clock with interesting Features

A   grande-sonnerie   carriage   clock   by   Alfred   Drocourt,   with   interesting   features   relative   to   the history of this fine maker. The    eight-day    duration    movement    has    a    silvered    platform    lever    escapement,    and    has grande-sonnerie   strike   in   which   it   strikes   the   hours   and   quarters   on   two   gongs,   with   each being   sounded   at   each   quarter.   To   the   underside   of   the   case   is   a   lever   allowing   for   full- striking     (grande-sonnerie);    striking    (petite-sonnerie,    with    the    quarters    sounding    at    each quarter   and   the   hour   just   on   the   hour),   or   silent.    The   backplate   is   stamped   with   the   Drocourt trademark   along   with   the   serial   number   19101,   with   the   gong   block   stamped   F.D.   for   the gong maker. The   gilded   masked   dial,   with   blued   steel   spade   hands,   is   most   interestingly   signed,   certainly within   the   context   of   the   history   of   Drocourt,   having   black   Roman   numerals   and   signed Drocourt,   28,   Rue   Debelleyme,   Paris,    with   the   number   28   struck   out   and   replaced   with   the number   31,   and   has   an   additional   31   at   the   end   to   balance   out   the   wording.   This   being significant   as   my   research   now   shows   that   Alfred   Drocourt   had   to   leave   his   long-standing workshops   at   number   28   prior   to   1908   with   a   move   further   along   the   street   to   much   smaller premises at number 31, where he was to stay for just a couple of years. The   silvered   and   gilded   bambu    case   is   also   significant   in   that   it   has   an   engraved   plaque   to the   underside   with   a   repeat   of   the   28,   Rue   Debelleyme    address,   and   where   again   the   number 28 has been struck through with tramlines and replaced with a well engraved number 31. The   original   leather   travelling   box   is   embossed   within   the   lid   with   gilded   details   showing   the address    for    Drocourt    as    31,    Rue    Debelleyme    and    referring    to    the    award    of    the    Hors Concours   at   the   Paris   Exposition   of   1900.   Alfred   Drocourt   was   not   able   to   receive   an   actual exhibitors medal at this exhibition as he was a member of the Classe 96 horological jury. That   this   clock   was   fitted   to   the   travelling   box   after   1900   is   apparent,   but   the   serial   number 19101   would   suggest   a   manufacturing   date   of   circa   1890.   My   research   would   indicate   that   in the   latter   years,   certainly   from   1900   onwards,   Drocourt   was   utilising   unused   ‘old   stock’   for his   finer   clocks   and   finishing   them   for   sale.   I   have   now   seen   at   least   five   examples   where   the dating   of   the   actual   clocks   are   some   ten   or   more   years   after   the   serial   numbers   would indicate   the   movements   were   first   manufactured.   That   this   striking-out   of   the   original   street number    was    not    a    one-off    is    indicated    by    another    grande-sonnerie    sold    by    Christies Auctioneers   in   1998   as   part   of   the   well-known   Dr   Eugene   &   Rose   Antelis   Collection   and where   Drocourt   serial   number   34831   is   shown   to   have   the   28   removed   from   the   address   on the   ivory   dial,   as   well   as   also   having   it   struck   through   on   the   engraved   plaque   to   the underside   of   the   base   to   make   the   street   number   replacement   in   an   identical   fashion. Another   example   is   serial   number   28978   (my   stock   number   1383)   which   has   the   address   on the   dial   as   28,   Rue   Debelleyme,   but   is   fitted   in   an   original   travelling   box   that   has   the   same embossed detail as shown on this example with the address shown as number 31. It   is   possible   that   the   sale   of   the   Drocourt   house   and   workshops   in   Saint-Nicolas-d’Aliermont in   1904,   and   from   where   all   the   blancs   roulants   originally   came   from,   severely   impacted   on the   business   as   it   is   now   known   that   he   had   the   majority   of   the   less-expensive   carriage clocks made elsewhere at this time. All most interesting and intriguing. Height: 7 1/4 inches (18.5 cms) handle up: 6 inches (15.5 cms) handle down 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: On Application

Ref: 1417

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