Drocourt, Paris: A Rare Miniature Mantel Clock
A most unusual and small mantel clock by Drocourt of Paris.
During my research into the Drocourt family and their clocks I came across an image of his stand at the 1900 Paris Exposition where visible where a number of miniature shaped mantel clocks in painted cases with ormolu mounts. At this point I had studied over a thousand Drocourt clocks but not come across one of these pieces, but was then lucky enough to buy one for my own collection, followed some months later with this example shown here.
The eight-day duration timepiece movement has a silvered platform lever escapement, with the movement backplate stamped with the serial number 29741 which corresponded with the dating of the exposition along with the wording Made in Paris within an oval and the oval Drocourt stamped trademark.
The round ivorine dial has an inset centre, black Arabic hour numerals and decorative blued steel hands.
The shaped painted case has a light green ground decorated with cherubs within swags of flowers on both sides and front, with a further swag of flowers to the rear, and has an applied ormolu mount to the case edges.
Height: 4½ inches (11.5cms)
Leigh Extence notes: For further details of Drocourt including details of the miniature movements supplied by Drocourt, see my 2014 Exhibition catalogue: Pierre & Alfred Drocourt: An Exhibition of Carriage Clocks, available via the Catalogues button above.
Price: On Application