TRAVELLING CLOCK Jacques Cogniet AParis Ca. 1720 France
Signed: Jacques Cogniet AParis
The spring-driven, day-going movement is constructed between plates. It consists of going and striking trains, as well as alarm. The going train has verge escapement with a short pendulum, whilst the bell striking is regulated by an external countwheel. The clock is wound from the front.
The engraved brass front has a silvered-brass chapter ring with Roman numerals I-XII, half-hour and quarter-hour divisions. The time is indicated by a single blued-steel hand. The alarm is set by turning an Arabic silvered-brass alarm disc behind the hands, the tail of the hour hand indicating the alarm time. The centre is engraved with scroll motifs and signed by the maker: Jacques Cogniet AParis. In the corners of the dial plate are engraved spandrels in the shape of stylised flowers.
The rectangular brass case has doors to the sides with slits at the back to accommodate the pendulum swing. The case is surmounted by a bell with a turned finial and a ring-shaped carrying handle behind a pierced and engraved front fret and rests on four shaped feet.
Duration 24 hours.
Height 14 cm.
Width 6.5 cm
Depth 6.5 cm
– J.-D. Augarde, Les Ouvriers du Temps, Antiquorum, 1996, pp. 195/96
– Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, Paris, 1971, p. 134.
Jacques Cogniet (b. Paris 1661; d. Paris 1731) was the son of Antoine, master clockmaker in Paris. He was married to Genevieve Nicole, widow of Benoist Gerard. He had at least four children of whom Catherine married Josue Panier and Marie-Anne married Jean Racquet, both clockmakers. His son Jean-Baptiste, master clockmaker, died in 1726. He was received on 28 January 1685. He remained at his father’s until his marriage in 1685, when he took over Benoist Gerard’s workshop in the Rue de la Monnaye, where he remained until his death. He supplied the Duc de Bourbon with a clock “in a porcelain case supported on a large pagoda also made of old porcelain, decorated with gilt bronze”. There are clocks by his hand in several museums, such as Musée Royaux d’Arts et d’Histoire in Brussels and Chateau Versailles.