There’s something curious going on with Jacquotot’s 1925 product catalog.
I was fortunate enough to get a physical copy of it and I’ve scanned the entire thing into PDF format and posted it for you to peruse. (I find these catalogs wonderfully useful — if you haven’t already discovered it, I suggest you check out the Library where I have gathered all the catalogs I’ve been able to find.)
But when I began to peruse it, I noticed something very strange: many of the product illustrations are identical to the drawings of the same products in Gaillard’s 1914 catalog. They’re not just similar, but the same exact drawing. There are a few differences, but it’s similar to what you’d see if you photocopied the same image a few times — a little loss of detail, but the fundamental lines and shapes are the same. I’ve gathered a few examples. (In all of these, the Gaillard catalog will be on the left, and the Jacquotot catalog — an aged sepia color — will be on the right.)
In the example below, it looks like the Jacquotot version on the right slightly lower resolution version of the Gaillard image on the left. But the other details are identical.
Again, other than some loss of detail in the hairlines, the two stockpots shown below are identical.
The duplication is really obvious in a complex image like the one below. All the details are the same.
And it’s not just for the copper items. In the example below, the Jacquotot page on the right uses a rearrangement of the Gaillard drawings of a mortar and various types of pestle. The “marbling” on the mortar is exactly the same.
And here’s the most egregious case: the metal polish tin on the left, labeled for J. & E. Gaillard, has been somewhat clumsily re-labeled for Jacquotot on the right. You can still see artifacts of the Gaillard version behind the Jacquotot label overlaid on the image.
I find this fascinating but I’m not quite sure what to make of it. Did Jacquotot secure Gaillard’s permission to re-use the drawings? Did some product wholesaler supply the drawings to Gaillard, and then ten years later supplied the same products and drawings to Jacquotot?
Readers, what do you think?
Update: Mystery perhaps solved. Reader Nick noticed a page on TJFRANCE’s site that appears to explain the similarities.
According to E. DEHILLERIN – GAILLARD Paris – JACQUOTOT Paris – LETANG FILS (August 2019):
- All DEHILLERIN copper pots come from the same catalog from the years 1900-1910.
- All GAILLARD Paris copper pots come from the same catalog from the years 1910-1920.
- All the copper pots from the JACQUOTOT Paris house come from the same catalog from the years 1920-1930.
- All the copper pots from the house LETANG FILS come from the same catalog of the years 1930-1940.
As is so often the case, TJ is well ahead of me! Thanks to Nick for finding this.