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).
Dussault Table Regulator With Complications (circa 1860)
Exceptional Table Regulator With Complications; circa 1860, signed Dussault, 15 Passage Choiseul, on the main dial and Charles & Chevalier Ingénieur/Arthur-Chevalier Fils et Succr, Palais-Royal, 158, Paris on the side glasses.
Paris- style movement of large size, adapted for all the numerous complications and indications displayed on the dials. Steel suspension with Brocot- style adjusting rod, pinwheel escapement, with the pins on the same side of the wheel, beating the half-seconds, Ellicott type thermal compensation pendulum, with one steel rod and two brass rods. Countwheel strike for the hours and the half hours on a silvered bell. Autonomy 30 days.
Three enamel dials: the main, signed Dussault, 15 Passage Choiseul à Paris, with Roman numerals and three blued steel hands indicating the hours, the minutes, and the seconds on the external rail, a subsidiary dial above number VI for setting the alarm. The lower left dial with perpetual calendar, indicating the days of the week, the days of the month, the moonphase, the month of the year and taking into account the 28-, 29-, 30- and 31- day months, as well as leap years. The lower right dial with Bourdon type aneroid barometer made by Bourdon & Richard.
High quality ormolu case with five glasses, front and rear doors for easy access and a good view from all sides. Both side glasses each with a mercury thermometer, the one on the left indicating Centigrade and Reaumur scales, the one on the right indicating Centigrade and Fahrenheit scales.