An engraved porcelain panelled carriage clock
An engraved porcelain panelled carriage clock
An engraved porcelain panelled carriage clock
An engraved porcelain panelled carriage clock
An engraved porcelain panelled carriage clock
An engraved porcelain panelled carriage clock
An engraved porcelain panelled carriage clock
An engraved porcelain panelled carriage clock

PIERRE & ALFRED DROCOURT (worked 1853-1906)

An engraved porcelain panelled carriage clock

c. 1878 Paris

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A finely engraved cannalée carriage clock with interesting painted porcelain panels and dial. The eight-day duration movement strikes the hours and half-hours on a gong, with a push button repeat and has a silvered platform lever escapement. The backplate is stamped with the Drocourt trademark, the initials D.C. either side of a clock, along with the serial number 17221.
The panels and dial all depict the gardens of a rural inn where a maiden is serving drinks to army officers in uniform; the dial has black Roman hour numerals, blued steel spade hands and is signed for J.E. Caldwell, Philadelphia, one of the leading jewellers and silversmiths in America at this time and who had an impressive stand at the Philadelphia Exhibition of 1876, set up to commemorate the centenary of the American War of Independence, and retailed many fine French carriage clocks over the years.
The cannalée case is beautifully engraved in floral and rococo decoration on a matted ground, typical of the best seen on Drocourt clocks, and has a three bail handle.
Pierre Drocourt, born 1819 & his son Alfred, born 1847, were one of the top maker's of carriage clocks in the mid to late Victorian period, having a factory at Saint-Nicolas-d'Aliermont, the most important town for carriage clock manufacture at the time, as well as premises in Paris at Rue Debelleyme 28; previously named Rue de Limoges prior to 1867, where he joined the well-known maker Blanpain. They made superb carriage clocks which were often decorative and were awarded numerous medals at exhibitions, such as the Bronze Medal at Paris 1867, the Silver at Paris 1878 and the gold at Paris in 1889. Alfred succeeded his father Pierre in circa 1871, with the latter’s retirement when he returned to his home village with his wife Marie and daughter Melanie.
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A private collection in America
Dimensions
Height 6.00 inch (15.24 cm)
Stock Code
1381
Signed/Inscribed
DC for Drocourt; J.E. Caldwell, Philadelphia
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