Jacques Nève

Jacques Nève is an clockmaker and has been a member of the CNES (Chambre Nationale des Experts Spécialisés en objets d’art et de collection) since 2009. His workshop is located in Braine-le-Château, Belgium.

Jacques Nève offers a selection of clocks dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, carefully selected in terms of quality, originality and historical provenance.

The expert horlogist Jacques Nève also provides confidential appraisals for estate settlements, division of family property, insurance coverage and sales purposes. Certificates of authenticity can be provided on request.

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Scientific and Observation Chronometer, Auricoste

JOSEPH AURICOSTE, Observation Chronometer of small size, for scientific or military use, mahogany case, France, circa 1890. Enamel dial with Arabic numerals for every 10 units, auxiliary for the minutes and central-sweeping seconds hand. 2/3 plate movement, pivoted detent escapement, gold screw compensation balance, autonomy 30 hours. Mahogany case with double opening: to the top for exposing the dial, to the bottom for exposing the winding rear of the movement with a double shutter protecting the winding and the setting arbors. Ivory plate on the case with the signature J Auricoste, Horloger de la Marine, 10 Rue la Boétie, Paris. J Auricoste, Horloger de la Marine, 10 Rue la Boétie, Paris. H. 1 3/4" (4,5 cm); W. 3 1/4" (8 cm); D. 4 3/4" (12 cm), Émile Thomas, the renowned watchmaker and specialist in marine chronometers, founded his own watch-making company in 1854. In 1889, Joseph Auricoste succeeded Émile Thomas. He named the company after himself and devoted his expertise to it, an expertise which would soon be recognised and rewarded at the Universal Exposition in Paris. After WW II, Auricoste took on a completely new dimension. By this time, Pierre Auricoste, who was continuing the work of his father Joseph, began collaborating with Patek Philippe. Together they installed their first time-keeping network (electro-mechanical) on the French Navy’s Warships. The Company Auricoste still exists today and produces wristwatches. € 3.900.-Read more

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Mazilier – Odalisque by Pradier

White marble and patinated bronze mantel clock, signed MAZILIER à Metz, with the bronze statue of an "Odalisque" after James Pradier, 1870. French movement, made from an ébauche by Vincenti & Cie. Brocot-type half-rollers self-levelling escapement with steel suspension, countwheel strike on a single silvered bell, two-week autonomy. Enamel dial with the signature Mazilier à Metz, with Roman numerals for the hours. Club-style gilt hands, domed glass and pearled gilt bezel. Carrara marble case with gilt bronze applied, the bronze statue representing the Odalisque from James Pradier (1790-1852), with two different coloured patinas: medium brown colour for the flesh, and dark brown for the hair and all clothing and accessories (turban, flowers and fan). The running signature of Pradier is on the cloth just above the dial. H. 50cm (19 ½ ‘’), W. 39cm (15 ½’’), D. 25cm (9 ¾’’) Statue only: H. 28cm (11’’), W. 28cm (11’’), D. 24cm (9 ½’’), The clockmaker Mazilier is recorded as active in Metz, second half of the 19th C. For more on James Pradier, see the PDF document below. Tardy, Dictionnaire des horlogers français, Paris, 1972 ; Statues de Chair, sculptures de James Pradier, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Genève 1985 ; Claude Lapaire, James Pradier et la sculpture française de la génération romantique, catalogue raisonné, SIK-ISEA Institut Suisse pour l’Etude de l’Art, 2010. Louvre Museum, Paris; Musée d'Orsay, Paris; Montpellier Fine Arts Museum; Geneva Fine Arts Museum, and many more. € 16000.-Read more

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Verneaux

Small table "wedding" clock in ormolu and Vernis Martin, Louis XV-period, circa 1760; three-train movement with verge escapement and silk suspension. Quarter-strike on three silvered bells, two countwheels, a small lever on the left of the dial allows for the easy setting up of the hourly strike. Beautifully engraved signature Verneaux à Paris on the rear plate. Three-weeks autonomy. Large enamel dial with blue Roman numerals for the hours, Arabic numerals for the five minutes and gold stars for the half-hours, similar signature. Finely cut and engraved gilt hands. Oak case decorated in the Vernis Martin fashion with painted white roses on a dark blue background. Very fine fire-gilded bronze work with flowers, shells, and various scrolls, two fish scale widows on the sides, and surmounted by the two kissing doves symbolizing love. H. 19" (48 cm), W. 10 ¾" (27 cm), D. 6" (15 cm), († before 1781), father of Henry-François. Made master on January 4th, 1747 by privilege of the Hôpital de la Trinité. Garde-Visiteur (1760-1762 and 1767-1769). Rue Saint-Martin (1748), rue de la Comédie-Française (1767), rue des Fossés-Saint-Germain-des-Prés (1768), rue de Bussy (1768), rue des Fossés-Monsieur-le-Prince (1775). He retired around 1774. Specialised in clocks, especially porcelain clocks, he also used bronze cases from Osmond. The Duchess of Bedford, then Ambassador of England, bought two gilt clocks from him around 1762 and 1763, she then placed them in London and Woburnabbey on her return in 1763. Tardy Dictionnaire des horlogers français, Paris, 1972; Jean-Dominique Augarde Les Ouvriers du Temps, La Pendule à Paris de Louis XIV à Napoléon Ier, Genève 1996. Lisbon, Musea Nacional de Arte Antigua. € 14500.-Read more

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Erato

French Empire-period mantel clock, from a model by Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843), circa 1805. Enamel dial with Roman numerals for the hours and Arabic numerals for the quarters, signed Manière à Paris. Finely cut and gilded brass Fleuron-style hands, ormolu bezel with domed glass, opening vertically. Carrara red marble base with applied ormolu motifs, on ormolu rectangular feet. Movement with recoil anchor escapement and silk suspension, countwheel strike on a silvered bell, Autonomy 2 weeks. In Greek mythology, Erato was one of the nine Muses, the goddesses of music, song and dance. She was the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne. Her name means "the lovely" or "beloved" from the Greek word eratos. In Classical times, when the Muses were assigned specific artistic spheres, she was named Muse of erotic poetry and mimic imitation and represented holding a lyre. She is represented here with a patinated bronze statue, dressed in an ample tunic. The lyre is the actual case of the clock, an a ormolu pedestal decorated with a antiquity-styled male profile and palm leaves motifs. Hans Ottomeyer writes : Erato is a creation of the famous French sculptor and bronzier Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843). This allegorical model, personified by a Muse whose poetry seems to want to make us forget the passing time, was very popular in Napoleonic times. This model was sometimes named Sapho or Terpsichore, and it was interpreted with various choices of materials or ornamental details. To this day, only four other models by Pierre-Philippe Thomire are known ; three of them are in European museums and one is in a private collection. Height 25” (64cm), Width 15” (38cm), Depth 7 ½” (19cm), Charles-Guillaume Hautemanière, known as Manière († after 1812) was made master clockmaker on May 1st, 1778. He is mentioned as being established rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, then rue des Prouvaires (1781), rue des Merciers (1789), rue Christine (1806) and rue Bertin Poirée (1810-1812). In his early career, Manière worked for Daguerre, a marchand-mercier and for the Darnaults. During his whole career, he worked closely with the bronziers Thomire and Rémond. Occasionally, he also used cases by E. Roy, J.-B. Osmond, F. Vion and C. Galle. Tardy, Dictionnaire des horlogers français, Paris, 1972 ; Hans Ottomeyer & Peter Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, München, 1986 ; L. Uresova, Alte Uhren, Prague, 1986 ; various authors, Orologi negli arredi del Palazzo Reale di Torino e delle residenze sabaude, Fabbri 1988 ; Peter Heuer & Klaus Maurice, European Pendulum Clocks, Schiffer, 1988 ; Jean-Dominique Augarde, Les ouvriers du Temps, La pendule à Paris de Louis XIV à Napoléon Ier, Genève, 1996 ; Elke Niehüser, French Bronze Clocks, Schiffer, 1999. Spain, Patrimonio Nacional; Fontainebleau, Castle ; Lyon, Musée des Arts Décoratifs ; Paris, musée Nissim de Camondo ; Prague, Decorative Arts Museum; Rome, Palazzo Quirinale ; Saint-Petersbourg, Ermitage Museum; Turin, Palazzo Royale; Versailles, Castle; Woodstock, Woburn Abbey. On requestRead more

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Cartel Sarton

French Wall Cartel « Mask of Apollo », from a model by Osmond. Ormolu, Louis XVI-period, circa 1785. Two-train movement, with anchor recoil escapement of the tic-tac type and silk-suspended pendulum. Half-hourly strike on a sivered bell, with countwheel. Two-weeks autonomy. Enamel dial with Roman numerals for the hours and Arabic numerals for the five-minutes intervals. Red signature h. Sarton A LIEGE. Very finely cut, engraved and gilt brass hands. Fire-gilded bronze case of architectural form with acanthus leave garlands and ribbons. Fire-urn on top and pomegranate at the bottom. H. 71 cm (28"), W. 36 cm (14"), D. 13 cm (5"), founder, bronzier, was established rue Maclou in Paris in 1773, he made cases for the most renowned Parisian clockmakers: Lepaute, Robin, Charles Le Roy, etc…, (1748-1828), horologist to the court of princes. Hubert SARTON (1748-1828) lived during a momentous period in history. A product of the Enlightenment, he was also a precursor of the industrial age. Furthermore he was fortunate enough to grow up and live in Liège, which at the time was one of the most dynamic artisan and industrial centres in Europe. Very little has been written about him, yet his contribution to the art of horology is of great importance. He began learning the trade working for his uncle Dieudonné Sarton in 1762, where he demonstrated a remarkable talent for the mechanical sciences. After completing a four-year apprenticeship in Paris at the workshop of Pierre Leroy, eldest son of Julien and brother of Jean-Baptiste Leroy, he returned to Liège in 1772 as Master Clockmaker. Soon after he was appointed ‘Court Clockmaker’ to Duke Charles Alexander of Lorraine, Governor General of Austrian Netherlands, then, as ‘First Mechanic’ to Prince Bishop François-Charles de Velbrück, he enjoyed the benefits of a privileged position which extended his reputation well beyond the Principality of Liège. He also played a civic role being appointed Commissioner and Treasurer of the city of Liège in 1783. In a report published in 1789, the workshop of Hubert Sarton is described in terms that reflect the diversity and quality of his work, as well as his concern for innovation: “At HUBERT SARTON in Liège and Spa, one finds a most comprehensive assortment of clocks and watches, in the latest styles, like gold and silver watches of all kinds […]. One also finds a beautiful assortment of clocks from the most simple to the most complex.” Eleven years later, the French Revolutionary troops stormed Liège putting an end to Austrian rule. It is hard to ascertain exactly what consequences this historic event had on Hubert Sarton’s career. It appears from that time forward he concentrated on the production of skeleton clocks in a variety of models. The number of clocks produced suggests that Sarton certainly managed a large workshop with numerous employees – although no documentation has survived to either confirm or contradict this. Famous for inventing the automatic watch based on a rotor principle, for which he filed a patent at the French Academy of Sciences in 1778, Hubert Sarton created a variety of timepieces throughout his career – Louis XV cartels, Louis XVI mantle clocks, lyre mantle clocks, pendules de compagnie (company clock or waiting-room clock) skeleton clocks and regulators – all equally remarkable for their extraordinary quality and diversity. At once a devoted horologist, mechanic and inventor, Hubert Sarton was one of the major figures of horology in late eighteenth-century Liège. An enlightened man of his time, keen on progress and innovation, his considerable career unfolds as a long series of developments. Having successfully advanced all branches of his trade, this able mechanic dedicated to the art of horology became a master of his art, as witnessed in the exceptional quality and great refinement of his production. Tardy Dictionnaire des horlogers français, Paris, 1972; Jean-Dominique Augarde Les Ouvriers du Temps, La Pendule à Paris de Louis XIV à Napoléon Ier, Genève 1996; Florent Pholien L'Horlogerie et ses Artistes au Pays de Liége, 1933; Ann Chevalier et André Thiry L'Age d'Or de l'Horlogerie Liégeoise, 2003; Jacques Nève Les pendules d'Hubert Sarton, 1748-1828, Horloger-Mécanicien, Inventeur, mémoire présenté en 2009 à la Chambre Nationale des Experts Spécialisés en Meubles, Estampes, Livres, Objets d'Art et de Collection, Paris, 2009. Dictionnaire des horlogers français, Les Ouvriers du Temps, La Pendule à Paris de Louis XIV à Napoléon Ier, L'Horlogerie et ses Artistes au Pays de Liége, L'Age d'Or de l'Horlogerie Liégeoise, Les pendules d'Hubert Sarton, 1748-1828, Horloger-Mécanicien, Inventeur, Brussels, Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire ; Mons, Musée François Duesberg ; Liège, Musée Curtius et Musée d’Ansembourg ; Vienna, Uhrenmuseum. € 14,500Read more

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Parkinson & Frodsham

Bracket clock with precision visible deadbeat escapement, signed Parkinson & Frodsham, LONDON. George III Period, circa 1810. Movement with two fusees and gutline transmission, Graham-type precision deadbeat escapement visible from the rear, spring suspended pendulum with adjustment above the bob, the rod made of pine wood for minimizing the temperature disturbance. Hourly rack strike on a vertical bronze bell at the rear, with pull-repeat on the right-hand side. Finely engraved rear plate. Autonomy 8 days. Painted dial with black Roman numerals for the hours, on white background. Subsidiary dial for the seconds below the numeral XII. Finely cut blued steel hands. Oak case with ebonized pear tree veneer with varnished applied bronze lining and accessories. Front and side panels finely cut in the fish scales fashion, with red silk back lining, allowing for the sound to go through while keeping the dust outside. Ormolu feet, handle and bezel. Height 41 cm (16”), Width 28 cm (11”), Depth 19 cm (7 ½”), William PARKINSON and William James FRODSHAM were associated for fifty years, between the years 1800 and 1850. First established in Liverpool, then in London, they had an excellent reputation as clockmakers, as well as marine chronometer makers. Their workshop continued to produce fine timepieces right up to 1947. Richard Barder, The Georgian Bracket Clock 1714-1830, 1993; G.H.Baillie, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, 1925; F.J.Britten, Old Clocks and Watches & Their Makers, 1904; Tony Mercer, Chronometer Makers of the World, revised edition 2004. € 9.500,-Read more

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R.A.F WWII Sector Clock

Mahogany wall fusee timepiece for the Royal Air Force, "Operations Room Clock", dated and stamped 1938. Painted flat dial with Arabic numerals for the five minutes on the outer ring, the minute graduations, the twelve hours within the coloured triangles, and the 24 hours on the inner ring. Old style King's Crown RAF Warrant Officer's insignia below the number 24, blued steel hands, cast bezel, painted black outside and silvered inside, turned black tinted mahogany outer with a flat thick bevelled glass. Single chain fusee movement with rectangular plates united by four massive screwed pillars, recoil anchor escapement. Autonomy 8 days. Originally known as "colour change clocks", they were introduced during the First World War by the Royal Flying Corps in 1917 to monitor the movements of German aircraft. Later, during the Second World War they played a significant role in the Battle of Britain and continued to be used by the Royal Air Force and Royal Observer Corps (ROC) as simple clocks and keepsakes, until the end of the Cold War period. The Sector Clock was a fundamental part of Ground-controlled interception before modern computerized systems were put in place for airspace control. The clock dial is marked with five-minute red, yellow and blue triangular segments. It has an outer 12-hour ring and an inner 24-hour dial. Aircraft position was recorded along with the colour of the triangle beneath the minute hand at the time of sighting. This was reported to sector headquarters, where counters of the relayed colour were used to represent each air raid on a large table with a map of the UK overlaid with a British Modified Grid. As the plots of the raiding aircraft moved, the counters were pushed across the map by magnetic "rakes". This system enabled "Fighter Controllers" to see very quickly where each formation was heading and allowed an estimate to be made of possible targets. The age of the information was readily apparent from the colour of the counter. Because of the simplicity of the system, decisions could be made quickly and easily. It was possible, according to reports from system veterans, to have fighters in the air and on their way to an intercept within five minutes of the initial contact. Without the simple yet elegant time coding system devised by the RAF, the British might not have been so successful in holding control of the skies over Britain during the crucial Battle of Britain as well as later in the war. External diameter 18 ½ ” (47 cm), dial diameter 14” (36cm), overall depth 7 1/2 ” (19cm), T.W.Elliott Ltd, T.W.Elliott Ltd: the firm of Elliott’s started in 1886 with James Jones Elliott, having served his apprenticeship with Bateman of Smithfield, naming the company J.J.Elliott Ltd, at Percival St, Clerkenwell. James’ son and successor Frank sold off the name in 1923, amalgamated with the firm Gillett & Johnson Ltd to form the company now known as F.W.Elliott Ltd, taking over all the domestic production from Gillett’s. Frank’s three sons all joined the company, Horace in 1919, Ronald in 1929 and Leonard in 1946. At the outbreak of WWII in 1939 the production of clocks was temporarily reduced and the factory made test gear and apparatus for Rolls-Royce Merlin engines used on Spitfire aeroplanes. Frank Westcombe Elliott died in 1944, aged 69. The company still makes quality clocks and is based in Hastings. Ronald E Rose, English Dial Clocks, Antique’s Collectors’Club, revised and reprinted 2000; Wikipedia; Ned Frederick “The Clock that saved Great Britain”, € 9.500Read more

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Experimental table regulator, Robert Gibson

ROBERT GIBSON, N°2, experimental table regulator, circa 1810, square movement with cut corners on the upper side, with maintaining power and winding stop system similar to that of a fusee, lead weight descending the whole inside height of the case and hung through 3 pulleys. Graham dead-beat escapement with a narrow anchor, steel and roller suspension with a finely made and finished bob on the pendulum. Engraved signature on the backplate Robert Gibson Fecit, LONDON, N°2. One week autonomy. Painted dial of the scientific regulator type with three blued steel hands, the minute hand on top, the center-sweeping seconds hand and the hour hand below with its Roman numerals. ‘Japanned’ black peartree veneer case with gilt window surrounds, two gilt corner pieces. The lower window allows for a view of the pendulum and the weight. British-made table regulators are very rare, and this particular one is remarkable by its simplicity and quality of design and craftsmanship. It also bears all the markings of experimentation, and its maker did not bother to subsequently hide them. H 38cm (15"), W 22cm (9"), D 13cm (5"), A clockmaker by the name of Robert Gibson is recorded as active in Dumfries (Scotland) between 1795 and 1820, it could be that he also worked in London at some stage, G.H.Baillie, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, 1925; Brian Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, volume 2, 1976Read more

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Julien Leroy

French Louis XV-period cartel d'alcôve, circa 1750 signed JULIEN LEROY. Finely gilt case, with powerful scrolls, flowers and leaves. Enamel dial with Roman numerals, outer black five minute markings, foliate pierced and finely engraved gilt hands. Movement similarly signed. Chevalier de Béthune ecsapement, with pull- wind quarter strike on one silvered bell. Dimensions Height 49cm (19 1/2") , width 30cm (12") , depth 12cm (4 1/2") Julien Leroy was born in 1686 and died in 1759. Made Master in 1713, he was appointed "Clockmaker to the King" in 1739. Only one of his four sons, Pierre Leroy, became a clockmaker. He wrote a number of treatises on Horology, patented several inventions, and produced a great number of high quality watches. He is recognised as one of the best and most famous clockmakers of his time. Bibliography Tardy Dictionnaire des horlogers français, Paris, 1972; Jean-Dominique Augarde Les Ouvriers du Temps, La Pendule à Paris de Louis XIV à Napoléon Ier, Genève 1996. Musea Brussels, Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire ; Dresden, Museum für Kunsthandwerck ; Paris, Musée du Louvre , Musée Cognacq-Jay , Musée Jacquemart-André , Musée du Petit-Palais ; Stockholm, Royal Collections, Nationalmuseet ; Versailles, Castle ; Zürich, Museum der Zeitmessung Bayer; Orléans, Musée Historique ; Aylesbury, Waddleston Manor ; Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery ; La-Chaux-de-Fonds , M.I.H. ;Lisboa, Musea National de Arte Antigua. Price € 19.500, French Louis XV-period cartel d'alcôve, circa 1750 signed JULIEN LEROY. Finely gilt case, with powerful scrolls, flowers and leaves. Enamel dial with Roman numerals, outer black five minute markings, foliate pierced and finely engraved gilt hands. Movement similarly signed. Chevalier de Béthune ecsapement, with pull- wind quarter strike on one silvered bell. cartel d'alcôve, Dimensions, Height 49cm (19 1/2") , width 30cm (12") , depth 12cm (4 1/2"), Julien Leroy, was born in 1686 and died in 1759. Made Master in 1713, he was appointed "Clockmaker to the King" in 1739. Only one of his four sons, Pierre Leroy, became a clockmaker. He wrote a number of treatises on Horology, patented several inventions, and produced a great number of high quality watches. He is recognised as one of the best and most famous clockmakers of his time. Bibliography, Tardy Dictionnaire des horlogers français, Paris, 1972; Jean-Dominique Augarde Les Ouvriers du Temps, La Pendule à Paris de Louis XIV à Napoléon Ier, Genève 1996. Musea, Brussels, Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire ; Dresden, Museum für Kunsthandwerck ; Paris, Musée du Louvre , Musée Cognacq-Jay , Musée Jacquemart-André , Musée du Petit-Palais ; Stockholm, Royal Collections, Nationalmuseet ; Versailles, Castle ; Zürich, Museum der Zeitmessung Bayer; Orléans, Musée Historique ; Aylesbury, Waddleston Manor ; Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery ; La-Chaux-de-Fonds , M.I.H. ;Lisboa, Musea National de Arte Antigua. Price, € 19.500Read more

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