Drocourt, Paris - A Rare Grande-sonnerie Carriage Clock on Stand
A fine and important grande-sonnerie carriage clock by Drocourt of Paris. The eight-day duration movement has a silvered platform lever escapement and can be set to full grande-sonnerie strike (both hours and quarters at each quarter); petite-sonnerie (quarter striking) or silent via a lever set within the base. The backplate is stamped with the Drocourt trademark and serial number 19771. Interestingly, all the markings are in Swedish, an attribute not noted previously on a clock by this maker.The white enamel dial has black Roman numerals, blued steel moon hands and is signed for the retailer Linderoth, Stockholm with three further subsidiary dials set to the lower portion showing the days of the week, the days of the month and the alarm setting, all within a beautifully engraved mask.The finely engraved gilded Cannalée case rests on a matching base, supported to the four corners by 'dragons'.Derek Roberts notes: This exceptional French gilded gorge cased grande-sonnerie carriage clock is one of the most fascinating we have seen.Leigh Extence notes: For further details of Drocourt see my 2014 Exhibition catalogue: Pierre & Alfred Drocourt: An Exhibition of Carriage Clocks, available via the Extence website.Height: 9 inches (handle up) including standPlease click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below
The clockmaking firm of Linderoth were active in Stockholm, Sweden, between 1844 & 1963 having been founded by Gustav Wilhelm Linderoth, with manufacturing and sales facilities at Drottninggatan 28. Following the death of Gustav in 1871 his widow Betty, herself a fine award-winning watchmaker, took over the running of the business, followed a year later by her son Johan.Linderoth’s made many fine and important turret and public clocks and were considered amongst the most important makers of the period worldwide having supplied most churches and railway stations in Sweden, often with highly decorative clocks, as well as many institutes in Europe and the Americas.It is of no surprise therefore that a clock of this undoubted quality would’ve been commissioned by them from Drocourt, quite possibly as a special order for a client.
Pierre and Alfred Drocourt
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.