Antique clocks not only showcase timeless elegance but also quality craftsmanship. They come in many forms, from the imposing and grandest of longcase clocks, to the exquisite beauty of a carriage clock. They can, therefore, find a place in almost any interior, and the comforting sound of their ticking and striking becomes the heartbeat of a home.
Antique mantel clocks were made to sit above a fireplace, they command attention in one of the post prominent positions in the home. For this reason, they are often very ornamental, using fine woods and metals that exude quality.
An antique clock garniture makes even more of a statement, as it comprises not only an antique mantel clock but also a pair of candelabra or urns, intended to sit either side of the clock. This became very popular in the 19th century when the mantelpiece was often displayed with collectible porcelain and objets d’art. Today, a clock garniture can either be displayed together on a mantelpiece or a table, or even separated, so the candelabra might be used on a dining table whilst the clock remains in place.
Antique French clocks are often accompanied by a garniture and are made from gilt bronze. Their movements exude quality and are often finer than their English counterparts.
The longcase clock is most domineering of all, standing taller than the inhabitants of the home and commanding attention with its authoritative ticking and striking. These large, magnificent clocks were made in many different woods, and some are even lacquered. Chinoiserie longcase clocks are delicately decorated with Chinese inspired designs, and emerged in the 18th century, when there was a huge surge in interest for East Asian artworks.
To be an antique clock dealer, understanding the workings of antique clocks, and their sometimes-temperamental nature, is important. Here at Westland London, we have a dedicated restoration department with experience in all areas of clock restoration.
An antique clock face is without doubt a more evocative sight than the bright lights of its digital successor, and we hope our selection of antique clocks will inspire you to have one in your home.