A Fine Petite-Sonnerie Carriage Clock
A Fine Petite-Sonnerie Carriage Clock
A Fine Petite-Sonnerie Carriage Clock
A Fine Petite-Sonnerie Carriage Clock
A Fine Petite-Sonnerie Carriage Clock

HENRI JACOT (worked 1820-1920)

A Fine Petite-Sonnerie Carriage Clock

c. 1883 Paris

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A fine petite-sonnerie Anglaise-riche carriage clock by Henri Jacot with a movement by Alfred Baveux.
The eight-day duration movement strikes the hours on a gong and the quarters on two gongs, with a push button to the top repeating the hours and quarters. a lever to the underside of the base allows for 'quarters' or 'silent'. Both the dialplate and the frontplate of the movement are stamped with the trademark of Alfred Baveux, son of the clockmaker Louis Baveux who signed the death certificate of Henri Jacot in 1868, along with his serial number 4229. For further details of Baveux see my exhibition catalogue available on the website. The backplate is stamped with the Jacot trademark, an African grey parrot on a perch, with the serial number 4156, giving a date of manufacture of circa 1882, and has a silvered platform lever escapement which is stamped with a further serial number, 2903, being that of the escapement maker. Inside the front plate and the dial plate are both stamped with the Jacot poinçon with the last exposition award winning date being 1878.
The mask to the dial is particularly fine and is one used mainly by Jacot, a silvered ground of faint lines deeply engraved with a grooved floral design with this engraving being gilded. the enamel dial has black Roman numerals and small applied gilt stars at the half-hours.
The gilded Anglaise-riche case is a design used by Jacot and other top Parisian makers at this period and has finely cast Corinthian capitals to the fluted columns and a Greek-key handle.

Following a number of years research I can now reveal that Henri-Louis Jacot Descombes was born in Fontaines, Switzerland in May 1797, the son of the horloger Daniel-Henri Guillaume Jacot-Descombes, and was one of the most innovative makers of carriage clocks in the Victorian period. He is first recorded working in Paris from 1820 at the previously unrecorded address of Rue de Montmorency, 25 before moving along the road to number thirty-one sometime before 1854. This was at the same time that his brother Julien describes himself as an horloger and is recorded as living in Paris, where they worked in the four floors above a jewellery shop run by Adolphe Charles. Henri-Louis Jacot died at nine o’clock in the evening of the 31st of July 1868 and was succeeded by his twenty-year old nephew, and Julien’s son, Albert, who continued under the Henri Jacot name with the help of his father. Albert married Louise-Desiree in 1873, with Julien recorded on the marriage certificate as being at Montmorency, 31. Albert and his wife had a daughter, Adele-Albertine, the following year when they themselves are now recorded as living at thirty-one. The Jacot family won medals at numerous exhibitions in both Paris and London including the Gold medal in 1900.

A summary of my research into the Henri Jacot carriage clock business can be seen in the exhibition catalogue available to view from my website.
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Henri Jacot Carriage Clocks: Exhibition 2013
Henri Jacot Carriage Clocks: Exhibition Catalogue 2013
Height 7.25 inch (18.41 cm)
Stock Code
HJ: Jacot: AB
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