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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Cathedral

French “Cathedral” Clock, second Quarter Of The 19th Century, circa 1830, the case in patinated bronze of two different colours and ormolu. Paris-type movement with recoil anchor escapement and silk-suspended pendulum, made by Honoré Pons and stamped Pons - Médaille d’Or 1827. Half-hourly countwheel strike on a steel gong placed in the base and chiming to the sound of a local church bell. Autonomy two weeks. The clock dial, set in the façade in place of the rosette window, the enamelled metal dial painted to give the illusion of stained glass, the individual Roman-hour chapters in blue on white enamel, the blued steel hands in the form of partridge eyes (oeuil-de-perdrix); the case, the majority in patinated dark green or brown, the details accented in chased gilded bronze, backed with bright enamel-painted brass panels to give the illusion of stained glass; on a tulipwood veneer base enclosing the chime; original glass dome. Height 48 cm (19"), with base 57 cm (22 1/2"), with base and dome 61 cm (24") Width 32 cm (12 1/2"), with base 43 cm (17") Depth 15 cm (6"), with base 24 cm (9 1/2"), In 1789, Honoré Pons entered the workshop of Antide Janvier, who, in 1798, recommended him to the prestigious firm of Lepaute where he was hired as a clockmaker. On 9 January 1804, the young horologist presented his Observations sur l’échappement libre (Observations on a detached escapement) to the French Academy of Sciences, which earned him laudatory reviews and a commendation from the Academy. At thirty, Pons set up shop as a clockmaker on rue de la Huchette in Paris. In 1807, he was assigned by the State to revive the clockmaking industry of Saint-Nicolas-d'Aliermont, an important horology centre, near Dieppe, that comprised no fewer than 27 workshops. Known for his outstanding quality, Pons’ work had considerable influence on numerous renowned clockmakers. By the end of 1808 Pon’s success was already noted by academy scholars in their traditional report to Emperor Napoleon I on the progress of the sciences in France: ‘A few young individuals stand out, demonstrating notable talent and who […] one day will take the place of today’s great masters. The first of these, M. Pons, is not far from their ranks. His escapements are excellent; he has a passion for his art; he is an inventive thinker; his pinion and wheel cutting machine is an ingenious idea.’, Pons introduced machinery and production line methods for his Paris-style movements, which allowed for the considerable increase in production – up to 5000 movements per year – needed to supply the new industrial bourgeoisie’s strong demand for mantel clocks. In this manner he succeeded in developing the industry, while his participation at the Paris exhibitions earned him numerous awards for his perfectly crafted movements and remarkable precision timepieces; he received a Silver Medal in 1819 and 1823, and a Gold Medal in 1827, 1834, 1839 and 1844. After his death, the firm continued under the direction of Borromée Delépine in partnership with Cauchy, then, after the death of Delépine in October 1860, his son took over in a partnership with Barrois. The Delépine family received nothing less than a gold medal at the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris. The firm that was founded one hundred years earlier by Pons, had grown to 300 employees. As a true pioneer of the industrialisation of French clockmaking, Pons’ impact was considerable. All clockmakers of great renown were influenced by the quality of his work, in one-way or another. Bibliography: Laurent de Commines, Eric Gizard, Un âge d'or des Arts décoratifs 1814-1848, Grand Palais, RMN 1991; Chavigny Richard, ‘Pierre-Honoré-César Pons, pionnier de l'horlogerie industrielle’, Bulletin de l'ANCAHA, no. 80, 1997; Pierre Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de la pendule française du Moyen Age au XXe siècle, Ed. L’amateur, 2005. € 14000.-Read more

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12 800 GBP

George Prior

Wall-mounted Bracket Clock with lock, for the Ottoman market, circa 1790. Movement with two fusees and gutline transmission, anchor recoil escapement, spring suspended pendulum with adjustment under the bob. Hourly rack strike on a bronze bell above. Finely engraved rear plate bearing the signature or George Prior, London. Autonomy 8 days. Similarly signed enamel dial with Ottoman numerals for the five-minute markers and the hours. Strike suppressor lever (STRIKE – SILENT) above the numeral 60. Finely cut and gilt brass hands. Oak case with ebonized peartree veneer with varnished or gilt applied bronze lining and accessories. Side panels finely cut in the Oriental fashion, with silk back lining, allowing for the sound to go through while keeping the dust outside. Stylized lying crescent above the dial to underline the Easterly character. A very ingenious and unusual assembly system makes the whole assembly theft-proof; the clock is assembled with its bracket through two hand-screws hidden inside the bracket. The bracket cover also locks in place with a key, and the whole does not allow access to the wall screws, unless separated first. It is also to be noted that the two upper side panels can be easily removed for a technical access. Overall Height 72 cm (28 ¼”), W. 32 cm (12 ½”), D. 20 cm (8”), George Prior is recorded as active in Prescott St, London between 1765 and 1810. He was rewarded with the Silver Medal assorted with 25 guineas by the Arts Society for the invention of a new clock escapement, and rewarded again with 20 guineas for making a remontoire, which he patented in 1818. He was mostly known for supplying watches and clocks to the Ottoman market. 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. € 13500.-Read more

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12 300 GBP

Ourry

Very fine and small portable clock, in turtleshell and brass veneer, with ormolu decorations applied, signed Louis Ourry à Paris on the dial and the backplate. Very finely engraved and gilt dial with silvered chapter ring and blued steel hands. Subsidiary half-dial above for Advance/Retard regulation. Movement with its original verge escapement and vertical steel balance wheel with three arms, visible at the back of the rear plate. Hourly countwheel strike on a bronze bell hidden under the hood. Born in Blois, † Paris 1699. Son of Jacques, apothicary and of Marie Lepelletier. Married to Suzanne Guineau. Protestant. Made master in Paris. established Quai Pelletier (1684). His widow is recorded Quai des Orfèvres in the Ville de Blois where she carried on withe her late husband's business. In December 1700, during the process of an inventory in her business premises, seventeen clocks were found to be in violation of the sumptuary edict. Ourry used cases by A.C. Boulle and the président de Montholon was one of his customers. Louis Ourry à Paris, Height 27cm. Born in Blois, † Paris 1699. Son of Jacques, apothicary and of Marie Lepelletier. Married to Suzanne Guineau. Protestant. Made master in Paris. established Quai Pelletier (1684). His widow is recorded Quai des Orfèvres in the Ville de Blois where she carried on withe her late husband's business. In December 1700, during the process of an inventory in her business premises, seventeen clocks were found to be in violation of the sumptuary edict. Ourry used cases by A.C. Boulle and the président de Montholon was one of his customers. Brateau, Delamare ; Ronfort 1986 ; Jean-Dominique Augarde, Les ouvriers du Temps, La pendule à Paris de Louis XIV à Napoléon Ier, Genève,1996, London, British Museum; Paris, Musée du Louvre, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Bibliothèque Mazarine; Versailles, Château. On requestRead more

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Offering to Cupid

A Monumental Napoleon III Mantel Clock, “Offering to Cupid” after Louis-Simon Boizot, circa 1865. Chased and gilded bronze, Samson biscuit porcelain figure group, grey (bleu turquin) and white Carrara marble, signed on the dial: E. Hoydebine à Paris. bleu turquin, E. Hoydebine à Paris. Paris-style, Paris-style movement, after an ébauche by Vincenti et Cie, with a Swiss-style platform escapement and a coutwheel strike for the hours and half hours, on a silvered bell. Autonomy 8 days. Very fine white, black, navy blue and gold polychrome dial; Roman hour numerals with the addition of the twelve signs of the zodiac. Signed E. Hoydebine à Paris. Chased gilt-brass hour and minute hands. ébauche, E. Hoydebine à Paris. In the form of a semi-circular temple, this monumental clock features in its centre a Samson biscuit porcelain group depicting Cupid perched on an altar holding a torch, surrounded by two young women draped in classical attire. Another winged cherub sits behind the altar. Samson, The temple is composed of six Corinthian marble and gilt-bronze columns supporting a terrace embellished with a balustrade spaced evenly on either side of the central dial, the whole surmounted by a gilt-bronze cherub holding a torch in his right hand and a crown of flowers in his left. Two flaming urns supporting a flower garland decorate each corner. The gray marble plinth, on ten toupee feet, is cast with a frieze decorated with joyful winged cherubs straddling clouds and surmounted with a stepped white marble terrace, each step highlighted with a string of gilt-bronze pearls. This Napoleon III mantel clock embodies the Second Empire’s taste for the arts of the eighteenth century. Empress Eugenie’s passion for Marie-Antoinette and the Age of Enlightenment is well known, and her interest spurred the commission, among others, of the re-edition of numerous pieces of Sèvres biscuit porcelain that served to bring it back into fashion. The central group here – a re-edition of a model in biscuit porcelain made after Louis-Simon Boizot’s sculpture L’Offrande à l’Amour (Offering to Cupid) – reflects the fashion of a period that revived, in its boundless quest for luxury, all of antiquity’s refinement and grace. Originally, L’Offrande à l’Amour, along with its pendant, L’Offrande à l’Hymen, was part of a three-piece ornamental centrepiece in hard-paste biscuit porcelain created in 1776 at the Sèvres porcelain manufactory by Boizot, sculptor to the King and director of the sculpture studio at Sèvres (model by Josse-François-Joseph Le Riche) (Fig. 1 and 2). Louis XVI purchased the complete centrepiece in 1778. Especially admired were the groups’ sequence of lively attitudes, the quality of the modelling and attention to detail, as well as the accomplished contrast between the very elaborate drapery and the smoothness of the figures’ bodies. L’Offrande à l’Amour, L’Offrande à l’Amour, L’Offrande à l’Hymen, In the same spirit of historicism, the temple’s semi-circular colonnade recalls the splendour of Versailles and seems to be directly inspired from the Temple de l’Amour (Temple of Cupid), built by Richard Mique in 1777-78 – a view of which Marie-Antoinette may have contemplated from her bedchamber window at the Petit Trianon. This clock’s monumental proportions and eclectic style reflect perfectly what characterized so much of the decorative arts during the Second Empire; a style that paid homage to the eighteenth century in borrowing its forms and motifs from the arts and architecture of the reign of Louis XVI. Temple de l’Amour, H. 88 cm (34 1/2") W. 59 cm (23") D. 37 cm (14 1/2"), Hoydebine à ParisRead more

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Baulion

Baulion A Namur, portable Table Clock, Louis XV period, circa 1760. Movement with square plates and two winders. Verge escapement, very short silk-suspended pendulum. Half-hourly rack strike on a silvered bell placed on top of the case. A pull-winder on the right for arming the alarum, another pull-winder on the left for the strike repeat action. Enamel dial with Roman numerals for the hours and Arabic numerals for the five minutes. Finely cut and engraved gilt hands, with a hexagonal disk in the center for adjusting the alarum hour. The gilt brass dial surround with the typical signature of its maker Baulion A Namur. The brass case with four long legs below and four toupees on top, the fifth toupee on top of the bell. The rear door allows easy access to the pendulum, the two side doors with glass within a wave cut allow for a view of the movement. All doors are spring-loaded, another typical Baulion feature. Baulion A Namur, , His clocks can be found in the two main musea: the, REFERENCE BIBLIOGRAPHY :, H. 23cm (9"), W. 15cm (6 "), D. 8cm (3"), a clockmaker born in Charleroi was made burgess of Namur on April 24th, 1761; active in 1760-1765, he was definitely Namur’s most renowned clockmaker. Several very similar clocks to ours are described in the “Catalogue Descriptif des Effets de Charles de Lorraine après sa mort en 1781 ». Charles of Lorraine (1712-1780) was the Governor-General of the Austrian Lower Countries and the Empress Maria-Theresa’s brother-in-law. His interest in timekeeping was notorious, and his collection contained no less that 175 watches and clocks. He often mentioned his collection and took numerous notes about it in his personal handbooks or on loose pieces of cardboard. This is how we know today of three different “clocks with alarum signed Bau-Lion à Namur. Catalogue Descriptif des Effets de Charles de Lorraine après sa mort en 1781, Bau-Lion à Namur, Catalog Collection Charles de Lorraine, 1781 ; La Mesure du Temps, catalog of the exhibition in Namur, 7th to 22nd July 1962 ; Tardy La Pendule Française, La Pendule dans le Monde, 1987; Eddy Fraiture, Belgische Uurwerken en hun Makers, Horloges et Horlogers Belges A-Z, 2009. City of Namur: “Musée de Groesbeek-de-Croix”, and the “Société Archéologique”. € 7900.-Read more

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7 200 GBP

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