A Fine Sèvres Style Porcelain Mounted Carriage Clock

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Object Description

A Fine Sèvres Style Porcelain Mounted Carriage Clock by Alfred Drocourt, with an engraved Cannalee style case and Push Button Repeat.

The backplate stamped ‘D.C’. and serial number ‘8526’.

The clock having an eight-day twin-train movement striking on a gong, with a silvered platform lever escapement.

This superb carriage clock has a Sèvres Style inset rectangular porcelain dial finely painted with an 18th century genre scene depicting a young girl playing with a puppy to the centre within a circular chapter ring with Roman Numerals and elaborate gilt half hour markers and blued steel spade hands, below is a confirming scene of a man conversing with his wife whilst she is spinning yarn, within gilt scroll and blue ground borders, the upper margin with a continuation of the scene. The gilt cannelee case with a hinged carrying handle over a floral scroll engraved top inset with an oval porcelain panel painted with a woman with a spinning wheel, the sides similarly embellished with genre scenes; the back with a bevel-glazed rear door and entwined leaf engraved caddy moulded corner uprights, over a conforming rococo scroll engraved base.

With a tooled leather covered travelling case and key.

French, Circa 1870.

Object History

One of the top makers of carriage clocks, Drocourt achieved worldwide recognition with their quality workmanship and complicated movements. Pierre & Alfred Drocourt were France’s leading makers from the middle of the 19th century through to the late Victorian era. They had a factory in Saint-Nicolas-d’Ailermont, which was regarded as the most important town for carriage clock manufacturing. The majority of their clocks would go to their Paris premises and there dispersed amongst the world’s top retailers of the time.

They exhibited at the major exhibitions of the Nineteenth Century, winning a bronze medal at Paris 1867, the Silver at Paris 1878 and the gold at Paris in 1889. The son, Alfred, succeeded his father Pierre sometime in the 1870’s.

Object Literature

Allix, Charles and Bonnert, Peter, ‘Carriage Clocks, Their history and development’, Antique Collectors Club, 1974

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