A Grande-sonnerie Carriage Clock
A Grande-sonnerie Carriage Clock
A Grande-sonnerie Carriage Clock
A Grande-sonnerie Carriage Clock
A Grande-sonnerie Carriage Clock
A Grande-sonnerie Carriage Clock
A Grande-sonnerie Carriage Clock

HENRI JACOT (worked 1820-1920)

A Grande-sonnerie Carriage Clock

c. 1899 Paris

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A corniche cased carriage clock which has an eight-day duration movement with grande-sonnerie striking; with a lever on the underside of the base allowing either for sounding the hours and quarters at each quarter (grande-sonnerie); the quarters on two gongs at each quarter and the hour on the hour (petite-sonnerie) or silent with no striking, with push button repeat at will. The backplate is stamped with the trademark for Henri Jacot, the initials H.J. either side of a parrot on a perch, a Jacot being a South African grey parrot, along with the serial number 11948.
The white enamel dial has black Roman numerals, Arabic five-minute markings and blued steel moon hands. The movement is of the type made by Baveux Frères, Alfred junior and Louis, at their Saint-Nicolas-d’Aliermont workshops; with the thicker, double-finned dial pillars and all-steel under-dial work. The platform escapement is of a superior type that Jacot sometimes used on the grande-sonnerie clocks with a Brequet overcoil to the hairspring and the steel bridge across the index arm.
The underside of the platform is stamped with the serial number 5719 alongside a gothic y which my research suggests is quite probably the Swiss escapement maker Yersin, described by Tripplen, when reporting on the 1889 Paris Exposition as a maker whose “...work was well made. All this work finds its way to Paris or Saint-Nicolas-d’Aliermont...” The serial number 11948 indicates date of manufacture of circa 1899. Contained in a gilded brass corniche case.

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 various medals at numerous exhibitions in both Paris and London including the Gold medal in 1900.
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Henri Jacot: Leigh Extence: 2013
Henri Jacot Exhibition Catalogue 2013
Height 6.00 inch (15.24 cm)
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