European Clocks

European clockmakers hold a special place in the history of time for creating the predecessors of modern timepieces that keep the world on schedule today. Fine examples of these European clocks reside in museums and private collections, although collectors and curators also value modern replicas produced by established manufacturers and chic contemporary pieces created by modern luxury lines.

French clockmakers drove the market for luxury domestic clocks, employing the work of cabinetmakers, bronze founders, porcelain makers, and marble cutters to produce ornate sculptural timepieces. The tradition of French luxury clocks continues today with Cartier clocks. Developed during the Art Deco movement of the '20s, stylish Cartier clocks remain popular among collectors and aficionados. From the 17th to 20th centuries, comtoise clocks swept away the clockmaking industry in France. Otherwise known as Morez or Morbier clocks, comtoise clocks are weight-driven clocks built on iron strip frames in the Gothic style.

Lenzkirch clocks helped to establish the Black Forest of Germany as a hub for fine German workmanship. Lenzkirch produced wall, mantel, and table clocks, but the most collectible are Lenzkirch tall-case clocks. Vintage Jungan clocks are some of the most collectible from the Black Forest. Made of hardwoods and featuring intricate engravings, Jungan clock models such as Onion Boy and Monkey Business are prized by collectors. In the 20th century, Jungans merged with other clockmakers like Lenzkirch and Gustav Becker, producing Gustav Becker clocks under the original name until the '30s.


Quick Facts

  • A 20th-century Swedish giltwood striking cartel clock with movement by Lenzkirch realized a price of $3,124 in a 2014 Christie’s auction
  • An Art Deco rock crystal, mother of pearl, onyx, diamond, and coral Cartier clock sold in a 2014 Bonham’s auction for $68,750
  • A late 1650s Ahaseurus Fromanteel ebony bracket clock maintains a house record for clock auctions at Bonham’s, selling for $1.1 million in 2011

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LECOULTRE REEDITION 1930 ATMOS CLOCK
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
LECOULTRE REEDITION 1930 ATMOS CLOCK
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$2,10011 Bids
Antique NAPOLEAN III Ormolu Mantle Clock w Cert
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique NAPOLEAN III Ormolu Mantle Clock w Cert
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $2,500- $5,000
$22510 Bids
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VINTAGE MICHAEL JORDAN CLOCK & TRADING CARD SPORTS PLAQUE
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
VINTAGE MICHAEL JORDAN CLOCK & TRADING CARD SPORTS PLAQUE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$139 Bids
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EARLY JAEGER LECOULTRE ATMOS 519 BRASS MANTEL CLOCK
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
EARLY JAEGER LECOULTRE ATMOS 519 BRASS MANTEL CLOCK
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$2208 Bids
Walnut Cased Grandfather Clock
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Walnut Cased Grandfather Clock
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$1608 Bids
ASPREY Signed Spade Form Art Deco Desk Clock
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
ASPREY Signed Spade Form Art Deco Desk Clock
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $100
$706 Bids
Swiss Pinwheel Regulator Clock Movement
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Swiss Pinwheel Regulator Clock Movement
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$5003 Bids
French Walnut & Brass Umbrella Clock
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
French Walnut & Brass Umbrella Clock
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2253 Bids
French Rolling Ball Clock
Nov 06, 12:00 PM EDT
French Rolling Ball Clock
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$5503 Bids
BRASS GRASSHOPPER SKELETON CLOCK
Oct 24, 3:00 PM PDT
BRASS GRASSHOPPER SKELETON CLOCK
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $800- $1,200
$2253 Bids
Asa Munger Mahogany Shelf Clock
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Asa Munger Mahogany Shelf Clock
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $800
$3502 Bids
E.N. Welch Briggs Rotary Pendulum Clock
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
E.N. Welch Briggs Rotary Pendulum Clock
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1252 Bids
Group of Ansonia & New Haven Statues & Clocks
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Group of Ansonia & New Haven Statues & Clocks
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2002 Bids
Seth Thomas Chime Clock No. 7 with 4 Bell Sonora Chime
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Seth Thomas Chime Clock No. 7 with 4 Bell Sonora Chime
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1002 Bids
M&M's Fire Department Figural Clock
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
M&M's Fire Department Figural Clock
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$252 Bids
A RARE AND UNUSUAL FRENCH INDUSTRIAL CLOCK COMPENDIUM
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
A RARE AND UNUSUAL FRENCH INDUSTRIAL CLOCK COMPENDIUM
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£5002 Bids
Cuckoo Clock, 14" x 14"
Oct 19, 4:00 PM EDT
Cuckoo Clock, 14" x 14"
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$1002 Bids
Vintage SETH THOMAS Ship Mantel Clock
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage SETH THOMAS Ship Mantel Clock
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $80
$11 Bid
19th C. French Gilt Ormolu Figural Mantle Clock
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
19th C. French Gilt Ormolu Figural Mantle Clock
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
19th C. French Ormolu Alabaster Mantle Clock
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
19th C. French Ormolu Alabaster Mantle Clock
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
French Fusee Skeleton Clock with Dome
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
French Fusee Skeleton Clock with Dome
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK DA SCRIVANIA, ANNI '90 AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK DESK CLOCK, 90s
Oct 19, 4:30 PM CEST
AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK DA SCRIVANIA, ANNI '90 AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK DESK CLOCK, 90s
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €0- €0
€1,0001 Bid
Synchronome Master Wall Clock
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Synchronome Master Wall Clock
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell European Clocks


Fontaine's Auction Gallery

Fontaine's Auction Gallery

Hutchinson Scott Limited

Hutchinson Scott Limited

Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus