Engraved and Gilded Gorge Cased Carriage Clock (c. 1870 Paris)

Engraved and Gilded Gorge Cased Carriage Clock
Title Engraved and Gilded Gorge Cased Carriage Clock
Country of Origin Paris
Dated c. 1870
Classification PIERRE & ALFRED DROCOURT (worked 1853-1908)
Signed/Inscribed/Dated Drocourt
Condition Excellent
Dimensions 4.50inch high (11.43 cm high)
Framed Width 6.00inch framed height (15.24 cm framed height)
Description / Expertise

A finely engraved Gorge carriage clock by Drocourt of Paris. The eight-day duration movement strikes the hour and half-hour on a gong, with a repeat button to the top allowing the hour to be struck at will. The silvered platform lever escapement is stamped to the underside FR P 6401, these escapement makers’ initials having been seen on other platforms supplied to Drocourt during this period of manufacture. The movement backplate is stamped with the serial number 5820 along with the wording ‘Fast/Slow’ either side of the regulator index for adjusting the rate of timekeeping, with the inside of the plates stamped with the Drocourt trademark oval; the wording Drocourt, Paris, Fnt, (Fabricant or Maker), with the front of the frontplate stamped with the initials and serial number H.L. 12711, for the maker of the blanc roulant, Holingue frères. The white enamel dial has black Roman hour numerals, Arabic outer five-minute numerals, dots to the outer aspect and blued steel moon hands with a finely engraved gilded masked surround. The engraved Gorge case is of a style typical of this maker.

Leigh Extence notes: For further details of Drocourt and Holingue frères see my 2014 Exhibition catalogue: Pierre & Alfred Drocourt: An Exhibition of Carriage Clocks, available via the Extence website.

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