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Jacques Duduict à Blois
A RARE AND LARGE GILT-METAL HOUR STRIKING CLOCK WATCH WITH ALARM CIRCA 1625
Estimate
8,50013,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
18
Jacques Duduict à Blois
A RARE AND LARGE GILT-METAL HOUR STRIKING CLOCK WATCH WITH ALARM CIRCA 1625
Estimate
8,50013,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Jacques Duduict à Blois
A RARE AND LARGE GILT-METAL HOUR STRIKING CLOCK WATCH WITH ALARM CIRCA 1625
Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, pierced and engraved pinned-on balance cock, plain flat steel balance, wheel and click set up, blued steel locking plate and stop work for alarm and going trains all beneath decoratively pierced and engraved cocks, striking on a bell to the inside case back, pierced Egyptian pillars, fusee and chain, signed Jacques Duduict à Blois
Dial: gilded, engraved with flowers and foliage, applied chapter ring with Roman numerals the time indicated via the turned central blued steel hand, inner revolving chapter ring with cruciform centre for setting alarm time
Case: gilt-brass, plain covers, rounded case sides decoratively pierced and engraved with scrolling flowers, foliage and dolphins' heads, inside front lid with engraved wreath, substantial fixed pendant   
diameter 80mm
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Catalogue Note

A watch of oval form but with similar dial to the present watch, also by Jacques Duduict, is illustrated in Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, p.197

Although designed as a coach watch and consequently of a large size, the present watch nevertheless displays particularly intricate and fine floral engraving, which was popular in the earlier part of the 17th century. After the design was engraved onto the case, it was also pierced to allow the strike to resonate.

Blois, in central France was a popular residence of many of the Kings and Queens of France throughout the 16th and 17th centuries and therefore it attracted many important and highly skilled craftsmen to the surrounding areas to seek work within such prominent circles. One talented watchmaker who in fact originated from Blois was Jacques Duduict (listed between 1599-1645). He was clearly an enlightened man of the time as he was also known to have worked on fine solar instruments and, in 1631, Duduict published a document regarding the use of solar watches to determine both the meridian and the height of the pole whilst at sea.

Masterworks of Time: George Daniels, Visionary

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