Henri Jacot, Paris: A Rare Period II Carriage Clock
A rare ebony carriage clock attributed to Henri Jacot.
The eight-day duration movement strikes the hours and half-hours on a bell, with a push button repeat at will to the top and is fitted with a typical Jacot period II platform lever escapement with a frost-gilt finish and club-tooth escape wheel. The backplate is engraved with both the arrow stamp and design of the word Hands as used by Jacot and is numbered 519. The lower part of the backplate is signed in script for the retailer Aubert & Klaftenberger, Geneve.
The white enamel dial has black Roman hour numerals, blued steel trefoil hands and is also signed to the centre for Aubert & Klaftenberger, Geneve, and has a subsidiary alarm dial. The rear of the dial is marked for the dial maker Étienne Valat, who was working at rue Montmorency 7, just a few doors from the Jacot Paris workshops.
The solid ebony and ebonised cannalée case is inlaid with brass stringing and has a typical early Jacot style handle and oval glass to the top.
The movement is identical to others seen as signed for Henri Jacot during Period II, including number 489 made a few months prior to this example in the early 1850’s at his workshops in the centre of Saint-Nicolas-d’Aliermont, a town outside Dieppe famous for producing some of the finest clocks and movements of the period.
Although unsigned by Jacot, my research would confirm this to be an example made in his workshops having many features used by and unique to him further details of which can be found on reading my research reached via the Exhibition Catalogues link above where this particular example is discussed alongside known early Jacot clocks. This clock was made by Henri Jacot before the business became more commercial in the late-1860s following his death and subsequent succession by his brother Julien and then nephew Albert Jacot, and was made in what I term Period II from when my research confirms that Henri Jacot had set-up his workshops in the town in 1853, quite probably in partnership with Louis Baveux.
Height: 5 inches (13cms): handle down: 5¾ inches (14cms): handle up
Provenance: Derval Antiques: The Derek Roberts Collection