A Miniature Corniche Timepiece
A Miniature Corniche Timepiece
A Miniature Corniche Timepiece

HENRI JACOT (worked 1820-1920)

A Miniature Corniche Timepiece

1899 Paris

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£2,200 gbp
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A fine miniature Corniche carriage clock by Henri Jacot, the eight day movement has a platform lever escapement, with the backplate stamped with the trademark for Henri Jacot, a parrot on a perch with the initials 'H.J.' either side, along with his serial number 12749 which is repeated to the underside of the gilded brass case. The white enamel dial has a typical Jacot inner ring, black Roman hour numerals and blued steel spade hands. The outer aspect has batons for the five minute intervals, being one of the first recorded having these after the use of the Diamond & Dot markings, with few exceptions, since the beginning of the Jacot carriage clock production in the early 1860s. The serial number 12749 would indicate a date of manufacture of 1900. With original numbered key.

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 maker's 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 Montmorencey, 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 Jacots won various medals at numerous exhibitions in both Paris and London including the Gold medal in 1900.
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Henri Jacot: Carriage Clocks
Leigh Extence Antiques; November 2013
Exhibition Catalogue; November 2013
Dimensions
Height 3.00 inch (7.62 cm)
Stock Code
1305
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H. Jacot, Paris
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