Field guide to Jacquotot

Field guide to Jacquotot

For me, this marque remains the most enigmatic of all the French makers.

History

The founder of chaudronnerie Jacquotot was Jean-Baptiste Jacquotot, born on Christmas Day in 1872. The first official record I can find for him is in 1908, when his workshop was located at 97 Rue de Grenelle. Around 1914 he moved the chaudronnerie to 130 Rue de Grenelle and began a joint venture with “A. Dehillerin.” I’m not sure who this Dehillerin could be — of course it was a member of the Dehillerin family, but which one? One possibility is Andrée, daughter of founder Eugène Dehillerin, who with her mother and brother took over the running of the store after Eugene’s death in 1902. This association lasted until around 1921; in 1922, Jean-Baptiste expanded into 128 and 130 Rue de Grenelle and began to run the company under his own name. He operated the business there until at least 1938 but after that point there are few records that I can locate.

Jean-Baptiste passed away in 1955 and his son Alfred Louis Jacquotot (1903-1991) took over operation of the firm. By 1960 the company had relocated to 77 Rue Damesme, a workshop the family had owned since at least 1932. (I know this because in 1932 they placed an advertisement to hire a toupilleur — woodworker — at 77 Rue Damesme at the same time as they sought a  ferblantier plombier — metalworker — for 130 Rue de Grenelle.)

The 1990s was a period of change for Jacquotot. According to Alfred Jacquotot’s grandson, the company was forced out of the 77 Rue Damesme workshop due to concerns about the industrial chemicals involved in metalworking; indeed, Parisian cadastral records show that “2 one-story buildings for residential and industrial premises, vacant and unoccupied” at 77 Rue Damesme were demolished in October 1990. The family relocated from Paris to Plaisir, just west of Versailles, and I think the move marked the end of the firm’s production of copper. Alfred passed away in 1991 and his daughter Janine took over the firm. In 1991 she registered a trademark for J. Jacquotot Étamage Miroir — “mirror tinning” — and my guess is that the firm’s business had become refurbishing copper rather than making it. According to the family, the company finally closed its doors in 2000; Janine Jacquotot passed away in 2017.


Jacquotot stamps

There are four five six seven versions of Jacquotot stamp and I offer these tentative date ranges based on information I’ve been able to confirm online. (My thanks as always to readers who reach out to me with examples that they do not see represented here — I am indebted to you for filling in the blank spots! Thank you!)

97 Rue de Grenelle: 1907 to possibly 1913

The very earliest record I have for Jacquotot in business at 97 Rue de Grenelle is the 1908 Paris almanac — implying that the business was established most likely in 1907.

This circular stamp is unusual. The convention at the time was for oval stamps — see the several examples to follow — so this may have been an experiment or a limited run or something like that.

Thanks to Val Maguire for the photo.

A reader was kind enough to provide this stamp, also from 97 Rue de Grenelle. This is the familiar oval style that’s similar to Dehillerin, Gaillard, and the other Parisian makers.

Jacquotot stayed at this address until at least until 1911. The next online record after that is dated 1914, when he had relocated to number 130. So my best guess is from 1907 to as late as 1913.

130 Rue de Grenelle: 1914 to 1921

I believe Jean-Baptiste Jacquotot moved his chaudronnerie from 97 Rue de Grenelle to 130 Rue de Grenelle sometime around 1913. He formed a joint venture with “A. Dehillerin” that lasted until about 1920, and this stamp represents copper under that arrangement.Field guide to Jacquotot
There is a second 130 Rue de Grenelle stamp with simply J. Jacquotot, omitting mention of Dehillerin. I don’t know if this stamp replaced the Jacquotot-Dehillerin version after that arrangement ended, or if Jacquotot was also producing copper under his own name during the same period of time.

But for the purposes of estimating age, this stamp could be from 1913 or so until 1922, a little longer than the Jacquotot-Dehillerin work, as far as I can tell.

128 & 130 Rue de Grenelle: 1922 to 1960

In 1922, the company expanded to 128 & 130 Rue de Grenelle. Business records show Jacquotot operating at this address through 1938 but the records themselves disappear after that.

I think this is a stamp from the early end of that timeframe. It looks very similar to the 130 Rue de Grenelle version just above; the addition of “& 128” required abbreviating “Rue” to “R.” Note also the “Grenelle” is now in small capitals.

Field guide to Jacquotot
I believe this linear version of the stamp is from the later end of the time period at Rue de Grenelle. Unfortunately I don’t know the date at which they changed from one stamp to another.

I know Jacquotot was at this address as of 1938, but there are no records during the war, so I don’t know exactly how long they stayed until their next move.

(Photo courtesy Matt.)

77 Rue Damesme: 1960ish to 1990

Sometime between 1938 and the 1960s, Jacquotot moved from Rue de Grenelle to 77 Rue Damesme. The stamp, a simple three lines of text, is stylistically identical to the one just above.

Since the 1930s, 77 Rue Damesme had served as the Jacquotot workshop on the outskirts of Paris in the 13th arrondissement, while 128 & 130 Rue de Grenelle was the storefront in the busy downtown 7th. I don’t know exactly when or why the firm moved, but if pressed, I would suggest that a logical point for this to have happened would have been around 1955 when founder Jean-Baptiste passed away and his son Alfred took over the firm.

Pans with this stamp were most likely made after 1960 and up until 1990 when the workshop was demolished and the company moved out of Paris.

Field guide to Jacquotot

Conclusion

I wish I had more to offer you on this, but this is all the reliable information I have been able to find. I will update this guide as I am able, and as always, I welcome more information if you have it.


Sources and comments

One good source for information on Jacquotot is this post at French Kitchen Antiques, The Antique Copper Pans of J. Jacquotot. Remarkably, the comments section includes a remark in November 2017 from  surviving family member Jean-Philippe Carisé-Jacquotot:

I am the great grandson of the founder (Jean-Baptiste Jacquotot). The company was taken over by my grandfather (Alfred Jacquotot) and then by my mother (Janine Jacquotot) but on his death at Easter 2000, we had to close for lack of customers in sufficient numbers. Restaurants and major kitchens have modernized their facilities for greater profitability. After rue Damesme where we were no longer allowed to practice (“toxic” products in the middle of Paris and we were expropriated), we settled in Plaisir in the Yvelines (near Versailles).

Field guide to JacquototThe gravestone of Alfred Jacquotot (1903-1991) is at the Cimitère Sud de Saint-Mandé. He is buried with his father Jean-Baptiste (1872-1955), his mother Pauline (1873-1966), and Germaine (1897-1990, possibly a sister). I don’t know why Jean-Philippe appears to say above that Alfred died on Easter 2000 when his gravestone gives a date of death of 1991.

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