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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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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11 900 GBP

Constantin Detouche

Precision Table Regulator with perpetual calendar, circa 1850, signed on the dial and on the rear movement plate C. DETOUCHE, FSEUR DE L’EMPEREUR, RUE ST MARTIN 228 & 230, PARIS. C. DETOUCHE, FSEUR DE L’EMPEREUR, SEUR, RUE ST MARTIN 228 & 230, PARIS. T, The base and the top of the case in white marble, the four sides with bevelled glass allowing for a good view of the complete dial and movement through the sides and rear. Two doors, front and rear, allow for easy access to all controls and parts. The top dial with external ring for hour Roman numerals and outer division for minutes and seconds, the centre with the visible Brocot cornaline half-roller pallets, above the signature. Three concentric blued steel hands for the hours, minutes and center-sweeping half-seconds, following the beat of the pendulum. Brocot, The lower dial with the full perpetual calendar showing the months, the days of the week, the day of the month and the moonphases. The day of the month automatically corrects for the shorter months and thus takes the correct action on 28-, 29- (for leap years), 30-, or 31-days months. Both movements of remarkable quality, as expected of any work coming from Constantin Detouche’s workshop, and the perpetual calendar is of his own design, not wanting to pay for the Brocot perpetual calendar patents. Some bridges carry the initilas “GH” stamped on the reverse, possibly the mark of the clockmaker who made the calendar. Steel suspension adjustable from the front, the hands very unusually being set through a handle from the rear, the calendar settings ditto, the front door thus never needs opening. Compensated temperature Ellicott – type pendulum. Two-weeks autonomy. ditto, Ellicott, 19½ʺ (50cm) , W. 12½ʺ (32cm), D. 9½ʺ (24cm), (1810-1889) was an extraordinarily gifted and prolific clockmaker, and he designed and produced numerous complicated clocks. His shop and workshop were set up in the Rue Saint-Martin in Paris, and he is recognized as one of the great 19th C. French clockmakers. th, Tardy, Dictionnaire des horlogers français, Paris, 1972 ; Derek Roberts, Continental and American Skeleton Clocks, Schiffer, 1989. Dictionnaire des horlogers français, Continental and American Skeleton Clocks, € 14,000.-Read more

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12 300 GBP

Satyr and Bacchante, after Pradier

Ed. Detalle, an important mantel clock, "Satyr and Bacchante" after James Pradier (1790-1852), made in Paris c. 1870. Inscribed ‘Pradier’ in cursive script on front of base; no foundry mark. Signed on the dial: Ed. Detalle, Rue St Antoine 180, Près la Rue de Rivoli. Bronze group with light brown patination; reduction of the original marble by James Pradier, now in the Louvre (R.F. 3475); it rests on a black Mazy marble pedestal flanked by two volute-shaped capitals, the corners decorated with fluted pilasters in vert-de-mer marble. Half-man, half-goat, the satyr is depicted with horns, hoofs and a tail. With one knee on the ground, the satyr supports on his thigh a swooning female figure and with his free hand removes the light garment that covered her. In a state of rapture, she seems to both push him away and draw him close. Depicted in a posture of sensual surrender, the Bacchante has abandoned her attributes: the thyrsus and drinking cup; on the base the discarded thyrsus rests alongside a tambourine. French movement with two spring barrels; the time train on the right side with spring suspension adjustable from the front of the dial and self-levelling escapement, both patents from Achille Brocot, visible anchor and escape wheel, with jewel half-rollers; the strike train on the left side for every half hour on a silvered bell, countwheel. Enamel dial on two levels, separated by an ormolu circle, the outer with Roman numerals for the hours and fine graduation for the minutes, the inner with the visible escapement, the two Breguet-style blued steel hands, and the signature Ed. Detalle, Rue St Antoine 180, Près la Rue de Rivoli. All the visible metallic parts in either polished steel or ormolu, the escape wheel in brass. Front and rear bevelled flat glass. (more on the sculpture in the Pdf file below), H: 51cm (20"), W: 48cm (19"), D: 28cm (11¼") Bronze sculpture: H: 30cm (12"), W: 34cm (13½"), D: 19cm (8"), 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. € 6.500,-Read more

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5 700 GBP

Leroy

Scientific and observation chronometer, sold in 1913 , signed L. Leroy 7 Bd de la Madeleine à Paris, also signed No. 1210 Leroy & Cie on an ivory panel. The main movement is of a typical marine chronometer, with silvered dial and Roman numerals, with first subsidiary dial under the numeral XII indicating the 56-hour power reserve, and second subsidiary dial above VI for the seconds. Signature and serial number in the centre. Powered by a main barrel with fusee and spring-detent escapement, it being prolonged in a square to be used as a stop-start to the additional movement specially made for the transmission of an electrical impulse every second or half-second. An ingenious cam system allows for the transmission of either an impulse or an interruption of continuous current every second or half second at will. This second movement, especially designed for this instrument, also works with fusee and chain, cams and electrical switches, and has a power reserve of 7 hours. All these special options are switchable through the front panel, just underneath the main dial. The chronometer is encased in a rectangular mahogany box with two lids. The first, with a glass panel, provides access to the dials and functions; the second provides access to a bottom compartment containing the key and space to store documents. The lower panel allows for sliding sideways with two holes for winding both movements separately. On the side are placed the three holes for the electrical contactors. Black text on ivory panel reads: No. 1210 Leroy & Cie, Presented in its original padded and numbered mahogany storage box with external handle. In very good condition and perfect working order. Historical note:, Historical note: Sold by Leroy in 1913 to Thomas Mercer & Co (the pre-eminent manufacturer and retailer of marine chronometers in Great Britain) who retailed it to Mr. Ferrié. H. 10.7 cm (4.2 in); W. 17.1 cm (6.7 in); D. 23.5 cm (9.3 in) Box dimensions: H. 15.6 cm (6.1 in); W. 24.3 cm (9.6 in); D. 30.9 cm (12.2 in), This observation chronometer made by the firm L. Leroy is characteristic of the instruments produced for marine and military use. It is also a perfect example of what was considered to be the most accurate timepiece produced by French chronometer makers during the first half of the nineteenth century. The coveted title ‘Clockmaker to the Navy’ (Horloger de la Marine) successively awarded by the King and then by the State to the most pre-eminent clockmakers, gave Leroy the equivalent recognition of ‘supreme master’ (brevet de maîtrise suprême) in the art of precision timekeeping. Leaving an indelible mark in the history of chronometry, his achievement was consecrated after obtaining 349 medals from the Besançon Observatory – a record that still stands to this day. The Leroy company archives, comprising sales records of almost 400,000 timepieces, reveal the names of thousands of clients, often famous and powerful figures. A study of the documentation concerning the ‘Production nos./Chronometers and Astronomical Clocks’, reveals that our chronometer (no. 1210) was sold on 21 May 1913 to Thomas Mercer & Co, one of the most prolific makers of luxury chronometers, and undoubtedly the most reputed firm in its day. As indicated in the records, this purchase was intended for a certain ‘Monsieur Ferrié’, who it will be shown, was, as an inventor, closely tied to the development of the prestigious firm L. Leroy, established then in the heart of the Grands Boulevards of Haussmannian Paris. After his reputation was cemented at the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris, Leroy turned his attention to the development of scientific, military, industrial, and sports chronometry. This led to a collaboration in 1910 between L. Leroy, the aforementioned Gustave Ferrié and the Paris Observatory, to install the first radio time signal transmission station atop the Eiffel Tower, allowing the broadcast by telegraphic code of the national reference time over an area spanning 6000 km (3728 mi). A master clock known as a ‘constant-pressure regulator’ drove the transmission system. Accurate to 1/100 of a second, protected by heavy glass domes and lowered into wells twenty-five meters deep to avoid vibrations, these timekeeping instruments were the most precise and reliable built to date. In the 1920s, they became the basis for the reference time used by the majority of national observatories worldwide, from China to the United States, as well as Switzerland. As such, it is possible to suppose that Ferrié, just nominated president of the International Commission of Longitudes in 1912, used his Leroy chronometer to measure the precise time from the summit of the Eiffel Tower. By inventing the first regularly scheduled time service, which standardized time nationwide, this ingenious engineer, who later became general, also made it possible for ships to determine their position at sea, revolutionizing the way longitude was determined. It is also thanks to Ferrié that in 1904 the Eiffel Tower officially became a military radiotelegraph station, and served as of 1921 as an antenna mast for broadcasting radio programs. Furthermore, these countless benefits were able to spare the now-famous monument from certain demolition; the tower was built for the 1889 Universal Exhibition in commemoration of the centenary of the French Revolution and was scheduled for demolition in 1909, when its 20-year lease expired. GUSTAVE FERRIÉ (1868-1932), GUSTAVE FERRIÉ (1868-1932) When on 21 January 1904 the Eiffel Tower became an official wireless telegraph communications station, Gustave Ferrié was in charge of the exploration and implementation of wireless telegraph stations for military purposes, using the tower to mount antennas for long-range telegraphy. In 1914, Ferrié, then a colonel, was named director of the committee of French military radio communications (TSF), setting up a radiotelegraphy network during World War I. With the strategic role of the Eiffel Tower in Paris confirmed, another station was built in Lyon for safety reasons. Ferrié also further developed military communication research, equipped the French and Allied forces, and developed a colonial network thanks to this new communications technology. Promoted to Brigadier-General in 1919, Gustave Ferrié became General Inspector of military telegraphy and transmission services. In 1921 he received the Osiris Prize, the most prestigious prize medal awarded by the Institute de France, and in 1922 he was elected member of the Academy of Sciences. By the end of his life, he presided over thirty-two international scientific organisations. Every year, the Mayor of Paris awards the General Ferrié Prize to a researcher who has distinguished him or herself in the field of communications. Tony Mercer, Chronometer Makers of the World, NAG Press 1991; Michel Amoudry, Le Général Ferrié, Presse Universitaire de Grenoble, 1993; Maison Leroy, company brochure. € 14500.-Read more

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12 800 GBP

Sam Brown, Edinburgh

SAM BROWN Edinburgh, Scottish floor standing regulator of small size, circa 1780, circular silvered brass dial with Arabic numerals for the five minutes and Roman numerals for the hours, an inner circle marking the days of the month also with Arabic numerals. Blued steel hands for the hours and minutes, polished brass hand ending with a moon for the day indications. Subsidiary dial above the center with sweeping seconds hand. Horizontal signature Sam Brown Edin.r. Weight driven movement with tapering plates cast with 'feet' united by three turned pillars, with deadbeat escapement overlapping the top pillar, the pendulum suspended from a steel arm traversing the top of the plates. Case with broken arched pediment and carved dentil cornice centered by a brass finial on freestanding reeded Doric columns, the trunk with chamfered front angles and terminating in shaped and carved protrusions to accept the swing of the pendulum bob, on a tall base of particularly good colour and figure, on bracket feet, solid Cuban mahogany and mahogany veneer on oak, lock and key for the lower door, a secret locks the upper door. Sam Brown Edin.r, H. 6’ 1” 1/4 (186 cm), L. 18” 1/8 (46 cm), P. 14” 3/16 (36 cm), Edinburgh, member of the Clockmaker’s Company, 1750-1787 ; son of John Brown (1720-1750) ; associated with George Skelton, 1787. In 1756, Samuel Brown delivered to the subscribers of the Caledonian Mercury a popular treatise on Astronomy by James Ferguson. He was admitted to the Incorporation of Hammermen in 1757. This Incorporation, whose origins are as old as Scotland’s, was very active from the 16th Century, especially in Dundee where gold-, silver- and gunsmiths were established in great numbers. More than thirty crafts figure in the Hammerman records such as Armourer, Bucklemaker, Blacksmith, Gunsmith, Goldsmith, Silversmith, Jeweller, Clocksmith, Watchmaker, Knocksmith, Cutler, Sword Slipper, Locksmith, Farrier, Saddler, Lorimer, Brassfounder, Plumber, Pewterer, Guardmaker and Potter. All were “metalsmiths” and practiced the art of metal hammering. This Incorporation played a very active role in the Regional and National economic development until the middle of the 19th Century and the advent of the industrial era. The rules of membership of this Incorporation were very strict, but in return its members benefited from an excellent reputation and a good level of social security. As reported in the Edinburgh Hammermen Records, Samuel Brown "compared and presented his essay, being a watch movement made and finished in his own shop, as William Nicol, landlord, Deacon Dalgleish, William Auld, and James Cowan, essay masters declared, which essay was found to be a well wrought essay, etc, and he was therefore admitted a freeman clock and watch maker in the Incorporation.", Caledonian Mercury, 25th September 1756 ; Edinburgh Hammermen Records, 1757 ; G.H. Baillie, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, Methuen & Co London, 1929. € 15000.-Read more

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13 200 GBP

Precision table regulator, masterpiece from Francis Breyne

Brussels Professional School of Precision Mechanics And Electricity, precision table regulator, masterpiece from Francis Breyne in 1931. Extremely robust construction movement with thick plates and four large turned pillars screwed on both sides, Graham escapement, steel suspension powered by a mainspring in a barrel allowing for a three-week autonomy. Pine wood rod pendulum with micrometric crutch adjustment, graduated adjustment on the heavy brass bob.The plates nicely machined patterned. Large silvered dial with Roman numerals for the hours, bearing the signature ECOLE PROFELLE DE MÉCANIQUE DE PRÉCISION ET D'ELECTRICITÉ DE BRUXELLES, FRANCIS BREYNE 1931. Two blued steel hands, with polished conical washer at the center. It was traditionally left to the student cabinet-makers of that same prestigious school to make the case, using the best materials and assembly methods of the time. It is made in a very fine manner, using quarter-sawn oak and glasses on four sides, to emphasize the geometrical shapes and to show the movement in its best possible view. Its trapeze shape with stepped decorations and slightly triangular hood, is directly inspired from the clocks cases made by Gustave Serrurier-Bovy (1858-1910), the famous Liège architect and decorator who was a major player in interior designs in Belgium. The detailed plans of most parts for these masterpieces still exist and are reproduced in the PDF files with links below. Height 52 cm, Width 35 cm, Depth 16 cm. that was to become later the Arts and Crafts School of Brussels, held the reputation of being one of the finest clock-making school in the World in the 20th Century years preceding the Second World War. As an end of school project, the students had to entirely manufacture a precision regulator of a given design. They were left with some liberties for some of the execution details, and these finished works were to become their masterpiece, that were to stay with them for the rest of their career, so as to demonstrate their skill, but also to regulate all the other time instruments that they would work on. € 5400.-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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14 100 GBP

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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Vrard SHANGHAI

L.VRARD & Co, SHANGHAI, carriage clock with engraved and gilt Gorge case, with center-sweeping seconds hand, second half of the 19th Century. The silvered platform with English-type crabtooth escapement and cut bi-metallic balance wheel. Half-hourly rack strike on a silvered bell at the rear, with repeat button on top at the front of the case. Alarum on a bell situated below. Autonomy 8 days. Enamel dial with Roman numerals for the hours, with signature L.Vrard & Co, Shanghai. Breguet blued steel hands with a large center-sweeping seconds hand. Breguet, Finely engraved and gilt Gorge case with bevelled glass on five sides allowing for a good view of the movement from all sides, the retailer’s name in Chinese is indicated on the rear movement plate. Gorge, Carriage clocks with center-sweeping seconds hands are rare as this feature added complexity to their design. The Chinese market of the 19th Century was eager for them as this made the clock alive, as time was thus visible with the naked eye. Another unusual feature on this clock is the presence of TWO separate bells, for the strike and alarum, an unexpected refinement. alive, . Height 19cm (7 ½”) with handle up, Width 9,5cm (3 ¾”), Depth 8,5cm (3 ¼”), Charles Allix and Peter Bonnert, Carriage Clocks, their History and development, The Antique’s Collector’s Club, 1974. Carriage Clocks, their History and development, € 6500.-Read more

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5 700 GBP

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