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Exhibition Catalogues

For a number of years I have been holding an annual exhibition to coincide with the Honiton Antiques Festival. The last two have concentrated on the carriage clocks, and lives, of the great Parisian carriage clock making families; Jacot & Drocourt, with the catalogues containing a summary of my on-going research into both. The previous year I exhibited the watches, research and biography of Max Cutmore, a great collector of all types of watches & movements and an author of a number of books on watches under both the Cutmore name and his real name, D.H. Bacon.

2014: Drocourt: Carriage Clocks & Lives

Following on from my research into Henri Jacot, the family & their clocks, I was also doing the same for Pierre-Etienne Drocourt and his family. After some in-depth digging and research I was able to put together their story and again dispel many myths and inaccuracies, as well as build on some of the information already at hand. The research is far from over and continues alongside that of Jacot, with that published in this catalogue purely a summary. Although not in the catalogue, I have since manged to unearth the identity of the enigmatic H.L.; that unknown maker of the blanc roulants for not only Drocourt, but many other early carriage clock makers. It isn’t any of the widely suggested names.

2013: Jacot: Carriage Clocks & Lives

I first took an interest in the carriage clocks of Henri Jacot in the early eighties, and over time built up a fair amount of data on the clocks, but found information about the family extremely hard to come by. So I started undertaking the research, as well as buying as many of their clocks as possible and viewing others. Over the years I built up a great deal of information on Henri and his family, most unknown and previously unrecorded; including his place & date of birth, the real identity of his successor and nephew and their relationships with other makers, most notably the Drocourt family. It was also a wonderful moment to finally prove the identity of AB and his family; the maker of the complicated blanc roulants for the family. The catalogue includes a summary of the research that is still on-going.

2012: Max Cutmore Collection: English Pocket Watches

In 2011 I was approached by the son of Dennis Bacon (also known as the author Max Cutmore) with a view to dispersing his late Father’s collection of some 4,000 watches & movements, alongside all his research, correspondence and personal effects as relating to his collection. I decided to buy the whole lot and took six months to put together the main English watches & movements to form this exhibition, which also includes the books written by Cutmore and a number of his personal items.

Jacot & Drocourt

I believe I am the first person to concentrate on researching the history of the clocks & lives of these two great horological families; unearthing much material that was previously unrecorded. I would be most interested to hear of any clocks signed by either maker to add to my database; along with those stamped on the movement frontplates either H.L. or A.B. in script.
Leigh Extence Fine Antique Clocks
Jacot Catalogue Jacot Catalogue Cutmore Catalogue Cutmore Catalogue Drocourt Catalogue Drocourt Catalogue
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Exhibition Catalogues

For   a   number   of   years   I   have   been   holding   an   annual   exhibition   to   coincide   with   the Honiton Antiques Festival. The    last    two    have    concentrated    on    the    carriage    clocks,    and    lives,    of    the    great Parisian    carriage    clock    making    families;    Jacot    &    Drocourt,    with    the    catalogues containing a summary of my on-going research into both. The   previous   year   I   exhibited   the   watches,   research   and   biography   of   Max   Cutmore, a   great   collector   of   all   types   of   watches   &   movements   and   an   author   of   a   number   of books on watches under both the Cutmore name and his real name, D.H. Bacon.

2014: Drocourt: Carriage Clocks & Lives

Following   on   from   my   research   into   Henri   Jacot,   the   family   &   their   clocks,   I   was   also doing   the   same   for   Pierre-Etienne   Drocourt   and   his   family.   After   some   in-depth digging   and   research   I   was   able   to   put   together   their   story   and   again   dispel   many myths   and   inaccuracies,   as   well   as   build   on   some   of   the   information   already   at hand.   The   research   is   far   from   over   and   continues   alongside   that   of   Jacot,   with   that published in this catalogue purely a summary. Although   not   in   the   catalogue,   I   have   since   manged   to   unearth   the   identity   of   the enigmatic   H.L.;   that   unknown   maker   of   the   blanc   roulants   for   not   only   Drocourt,   but many other early carriage clock makers. It isn’t any of the widely suggested names.

2013: Jacot: Carriage Clocks & Lives

I   first   took   an   interest   in   the   carriage   clocks   of   Henri   Jacot   in   the   early   eighties,   and over   time   built   up   a   fair   amount   of   data   on   the   clocks,   but   found   information   about the   family   extremely   hard   to   come   by.   So   I   started   undertaking   the   research,   as   well as   buying   as   many   of   their   clocks   as   possible   and   viewing   others.   Over   the   years   I built   up   a   great   deal   of   information   on   Henri   and   his   family,   most   unknown   and previously   unrecorded;   including   his   place   &   date   of   birth,   the   real   identity   of   his successor   and   nephew   and   their   relationships   with   other   makers,   most   notably   the Drocourt   family.   It   was   also   a   wonderful   moment   to   finally   prove   the   identity   of   AB and his family; the maker of the complicated blanc roulants for the family. The catalogue includes a summary of the research that is still on-going.

2012: Max Cutmore Collection: English Pocket Watches

In   2011   I   was   approached   by   the   son   of   Dennis   Bacon   (also   known   as   the   author Max   Cutmore)   with   a   view   to   dispersing   his   late   Father’s   collection   of   some   4,000 watches   &   movements,   alongside   all   his   research,   correspondence   and   personal effects   as   relating   to   his   collection.   I   decided   to   buy   the   whole   lot   and   took   six months    to    put    together    the    main    English    watches    &    movements    to    form    this exhibition,   which   also   includes   the   books   written   by   Cutmore   and   a   number   of   his personal items.
Leigh Extence Fine Antique Clocks
Drocourt Catalogue Drocourt Catalogue Jacot Catalogue Jacot Catalogue Cutmore Catalogue Cutmore Catalogue