ACQUES NEVE HORLOGER D'ART
Jacques Nève is a clockmaker and dealer in antique clocks based in the lovely countryside of Braine-le-Château, Belgium.
My passion for clocks was started accidently by my late father, Georges Nève, who was a collector of fine watches and used to fix his own clocks.
Clockmaking is for me the best of both worlds: a great love of beautiful antiques and works of art, and a major interest in mechanics. I learned my trade mostly in Australia with two excellent teachers; Doug Minty and Trent Firth at the Sydney Institute of Technology which can boast to have the best watchmaking school in the Southern Hemisphere. I also learned a lot of my skills from my old master Frank Percival and from an old clockmaker friend, Les Wilson. I left Australia in late 1997 and moved my clockmaking business to Belgium, not far South of Brussels. My collection of clocks are now exhibited every year in various prestigious European antique fairs, and exclusively now at the BRAFA (Brussels Antique and Fine Art Fair). I am now also a member of the Belgian Clock- and Watchmakers Association (ANHR), the Royal Chamber of Belgian Antique Dealers (CRAB), and the French National Chamber of Specialised Art Experts (CNES).
Astronomical Table Regulator
Table regulator with astronomical and year calendar, signed Maux Lacroix à Montpellier, circa 1870.
Typical French movement of superior quality and finish from an ébauche by Marti & Cie, with half-rollers self-adjusting deadbeat escapement, and steel suspension (both Achille Brocot patents). Rack strike on a silvered bell situated at the rear. Single steel rod pendulum with two quicksilver jars acting as the thermal compensation for a good working precision. Extra calendar work situated in front of the motion work, made by Barrard & Samp; Vignon, Ft d'Horlogerie, Rue Commines, 7, Paris. Autonomy 3 weeks.
Enamel dial made of three separate parts, the outer ring with minutes, hours with Roman numerals and month calendar with its 31 days. The centre dial with the days of the week on the left, and the 12 months of the year on the right. The lower dial indicates the phases of the moon. All hands made of blued steel, except the calendar hand in gilt brass. The two main hands in Breguet style. The bezel and the medium ring in turned and gilt brass. The very fine signature of the clockmaker « Maux Lacroix à Montpellier » under the number 31. Four-glass 'cage' gilt bronze case with bevelled glasses allowing for a good view of the movement and all its working parts, with a front and rear door for easy access.