The Antique Copper Pans of J. Jacquotot

Posted by on March 24, 2013

Welcome to the first post on our new French Kitchen Antiques blog. We will use this space in the future to give you more in-depth information on the history of antique French kitchenware, some of the stories behind famed manufacturers and of course updates about new antiques that we’ve added to our shop. We start out today with the Parisian firm of J. Jacquotot.

We recently came into the possession of two lovely hand-hammered frying pans, which both bore a stamp that isn’t seen that often these days. It was of the Parisian company of J. Jacquotot. We’d heard of it before, but wanted to know more about its history so we set out to do some research.

One of the two saute pans bearing the Jacquotot, Rue de Grenelle stamp.

J. Jacquotot was a company that specialized in supplying the grand hotels, the restaurants and the kitchens of the great mansions of Paris from the turn of the last century. In the first decades of the 1900s they grew into one of the country’s leading suppliers of culinary equipment. Their original store premises were located at 128-130 Rue de Grenelle, in the fashionable 7th arrondissement, which was the address engraved on the pans we had found. At a later date (we weren’t able to establish exactly when this happened), the company moved further away from the center, to 77 Rue Damesme, at the southern edge of Paris. Perhaps this was a sign of the decline in the fortunes of the company.

The original Jacquotot store in Paris.

It was here that in 1971 Carl G. Sontheimer, president of Cuisinarts, and as such the man responsible for bringing the modern food processor to America, found “what little remained of the company: a small office, a collection of antique copper molds and pans and a very elderly married couple. The husband was the last survivor of the Jacquotot family. He showed me a 13th century copper bedwarmer that had been given to his grandfather by Edward VII of England.”

Sontheimer was inspired by what he’d seen to re-release the 1925 catalogue of the J. Jacquotot company, which carried the entire range of products available for purchase at that time. We managed to procure a copy and it’s great to go through it and look at the enormous variety of items available. From dog-shaped ice cream molds to large ice boxes and even an almost six-feet high machine that could be used for beating 90 – 100 egg whites. Not exactly for the home chef.

A handy machine to beat 90-100 egg whites at the same time. It could run on an engine or be powered by the kitchen help.

And of course there was the copper section as well. On page 8 we discovered the pans we had procured, listed as a sauteuse évasée  and a plat à sauter respectively, available in sizes ranging from 16 to 40 centimeters. You can find them at these two links provided, historic reminders of the esteemed company created by J. Jacquotot, supplier to France’s great kitchens and friend of a king.


Page 8 of the 1925 Jacquotot catalogue showing the saute pans.

17 Responses to The Antique Copper Pans of J. Jacquotot

  1. Lynda parsons

    I have a large oblong, rounded corner copper pot with lid and handle at the front, approx 40 x21 cms. It is exceedingly heavy, 5.7 kilos. I bought it in an antique shop some years ago in the U.K.
    It has the letter J then a star/flower shape on the lid, then another J with star. The same stamp is on the right hand side of the handle at the front.
    I would like to know it’s provenance and value please.
    Je peux répondre en français, si on veut! Merci.

  2. jean-Philippe Carisé-Jacquotot

    l’installation rue Damesme était plus pratique et plus grande et a permis d’ouvrir également un atelier “bois” où nous réalisions des comptoirs totalement équipés!
    Nous disposions également de 3 ateliers de “fonderie” pour réparer toutes les casseroles et les rétamer; ainsi que d’un grand espace où tous les produits étaient présentés.
    Avant nous ce lieu était celui d’un déménageur avec toutes ses voitures à chevaux , avec lieu d’entreposage et appartement.

    J Ph Carisé-Jacquotot

  3. jean-Philippe Carisé-Jacquotot

    Grace à mon fils nous venons de découvrir votre site. Je suis l’arrière petit fils du fondateur (Jean-Baptiste Jacquotot). L’entreprise a été reprise par mon grand père (Alfred Jacquotot) puis par ma mère (Janine Jacquotot) mais à son décès à Pâques 2000, nous avons du fermer faute de client en nombre suffisant. Les restaurants et les grandes cuisines ayant modernisé leurs installations pour une plus grande rentabilité. Après la rue Damesme où nous n’avions plus le droit d’exercer (produits “toxiques” en plein Paris et nous avons été expropriés, nous nous sommes installé à Plaisir dans les Yvelines (à coté de Versailles).
    Si cela vous intéresse j’ai encore quelques catalogues , illustrations et tout l’historique…
    ainsi que les plaques en fontes du 1er catalogue.
    Au plaisir de vous lire.
    Jean-Philippe Carisé Jacquotot

    • Peter

      Bonjour M. Carisé-Jacquotot! Merci beaucoup pour votre réponse et pour tous les détails supplémentaires que vous avez donnés. C’est un vrai plaisir de faire votre connaissance. Les oeuvres en cuivre de votre famille sont formidables et nous aimerions bien savoir plus sur l’histoire de l’entreprise. Ce serait aussi un privilège de voir de vieux catalogues et illustrations; le seul document que nous ayons vu jusqu’à présent est la réimpression d’un catalogue de 1925

      Je vous enverrai un message privé,


      Peter Otzen

      • Joe Jackson

        Hello Peter,

        Has any further information been attained via the private communication? I would love to hear more.

        I also have a custom designed piece with the simple stamp of J JACQUOTOT on the stock pot at the rim followed by Made In France. The electric heater it sits on is stampless; however, it is made of the same high quality Mauviel construction. I was hoping that you might be able to tell me more about it.

        Thank you,
        Joe Jackson

  4. marius de Wet

    I am a collector and renovator of old cookware thank you for this block and please ad me to your mailing list thanks

    • admin

      Thanks for your comment Marius. We’ll add you to any newsletters we send out.

  5. Pete PJ

    Nice photos with lots of details.

  6. Dennis Miller

    5 sauce pans have turned up for auction from the Damesme address. Are they worth bidding on?
    For example one is 9″across and 5″high ( rough measurements ) with 7 1/2 “handle….what would be your limit on purchasing this….keep in mind it needs re-tinning

    • Peter

      Hi Dennis,

      It’s hard to say without examining the pieces in person, as the quality of the copper and age of the pan have a large impact on the final price. Good quality pans can retail in the $300-500 range, depending on the size.

      Good luck!


  7. Kaleo Zoberst

    Hi, Peter:

    A couple questions:

    (1) You say the Rue de Grenelle address in the 7th was the original one. What year were they founded? (I’m trying to date an oval marmite with this address in the cartouche)

    (2) From your posting, it appears that (as of 1925), they were still there. However I have a Jacquotot gratin with a stamp showing a Rue Damesme location in the 13th. When did they move there, and was that the only other store location?


  8. Richard Tomlinson

    Peter, I just found your Site and blog today, and it is fantastic! Please keep up the great research, and I hope you may consider adding a tab that is named “Manufacturers”, to archive information on these companies. Thank you!

    • Peter

      Hi Richard. Thank you for the comment. I’m glad you like the site and adding a manufacturers-tab is definitely something to consider once we get more content in the blog.

  9. Kristin duCharme

    Do you know if they ever stamped the hotel name on the pieces that were made for or sold to certain French hotels?

    • Peter

      While I don’t know if Jacquotot offered this as a service for copper products bought from their store, I have come across plenty of copperware with hotel and sometimes restaurant names stamped into the pans. Initials are quite common as well.

  10. Bernadette Murray

    Fantastic research. Are you selling copies of these old catalogs? If so, I would love to acquire one.

    • Peter

      Thank you for the kind words. We don’t sell the catalogs ourselves, but you can find the occasional copy for sale online on sites like

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