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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Junghans Figural Art Nouveau Swinger Clock
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Junghans Figural Art Nouveau Swinger Clock
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $400
$8011 Bids
A L'Epée gilt-brass carriage clock
Oct 05, 2:00 PM CEST
A L'Epée gilt-brass carriage clock
by Venduehuis der Notarissen
Est: €300- €500
€1,3009 Bids
A Patek Philippe electric mother clock
Oct 05, 2:00 PM CEST
A Patek Philippe electric mother clock
by Venduehuis der Notarissen
Est: €400- €600
€6508 Bids
A L'Epée gilt and silvered bronze musical carriage clock
Oct 05, 2:00 PM CEST
A L'Epée gilt and silvered bronze musical carriage clock
by Venduehuis der Notarissen
Est: €400- €600
€1,6006 Bids
A Neoclassical gilt bronze portico clock, the enamelled dial signed 'Joseph Costa, à Paris', 19thC, H 69 cm
Oct 04, 10:00 AM CEST
A Neoclassical gilt bronze portico clock, the enamelled dial signed 'Joseph Costa, à Paris', 19thC, H 69 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€1,0004 Bids
An imposing Baroque style Boulle cartel clock on stand, with gilt bronze mounts, H 184 cm
Oct 04, 10:00 AM CEST
An imposing Baroque style Boulle cartel clock on stand, with gilt bronze mounts, H 184 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€1,1004 Bids
EMPIRE STYLE GILT BRONZE CHARIOT CLOCK
Oct 16, 11:00 AM CEST
EMPIRE STYLE GILT BRONZE CHARIOT CLOCK
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €400- €800
€8513 Bids
Vtg BENTLEY Brass Turtle Alarm Clock West G
Oct 03, 5:00 PM MST
Vtg BENTLEY Brass Turtle Alarm Clock West G
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Vintage German Made Walnut Cased Mantel Clock - comes with key and pendulum.
Oct 06, 7:00 PM AEDT
Vintage German Made Walnut Cased Mantel Clock - comes with key and pendulum.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD303 Bids
CONTINENTAL GILT CARVED SUNBURST CLOCK
Oct 06, 9:00 AM PDT
CONTINENTAL GILT CARVED SUNBURST CLOCK
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$2003 Bids
Vintage Western Germany Cuckoo Clock
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Western Germany Cuckoo Clock
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
PENDULUM WITH CHARIOTS PULLED BY LIONS IN GILT BRONZE AND FINELY CHISELED FIRE GILDING
Oct 16, 11:00 AM CEST
PENDULUM WITH CHARIOTS PULLED BY LIONS IN GILT BRONZE AND FINELY CHISELED FIRE GILDING
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €2,000- €4,000
€2,1012 Bids
A BREGUET DESK CLOCK. 7 cm square.
Oct 12, 9:30 AM BST
A BREGUET DESK CLOCK. 7 cm square.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £50- £75
£302 Bids
FRENCH BOX-CASE WALL CLOCK
Oct 03, 10:00 AM PDT
FRENCH BOX-CASE WALL CLOCK
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
FRENCH CHINA-CASE MANTEL CLOCK
Oct 03, 10:00 AM PDT
FRENCH CHINA-CASE MANTEL CLOCK
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$52 Bids
WATERFORD Anheuser Busch Crystal Desk Clock
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
WATERFORD Anheuser Busch Crystal Desk Clock
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $100
$11 Bid
A THREE-PIECE LOUIS XVI-STYLE, NAPOLEON III PERIOD CLOCK GARNITURE.
Oct 11, 2:00 PM CEST
A THREE-PIECE LOUIS XVI-STYLE, NAPOLEON III PERIOD CLOCK GARNITURE.
by Bernaerts Auctioneers
Est: €1,500- €1,800
€1,1001 Bid
Biedermeier Frame Clock
Oct 08, 5:00 PM CEST
Biedermeier Frame Clock
by Fine Antiques Prague s.r.o.
Est: €100- €200
€1001 Bid
GEBROEDERS / FRÈRES RAINGO PARIJS / PARIS
Oct 11, 2:00 PM CEST
GEBROEDERS / FRÈRES RAINGO PARIJS / PARIS
by Bernaerts Auctioneers
Est: €6,000- €8,000
€4,6001 Bid
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Royal Doulton Antique Wizard Alchemist Clock - Royal Doulton Kingsware
Oct 16, 9:00 AM EDT
Royal Doulton Antique Wizard Alchemist Clock - Royal Doulton Kingsware
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $800- $1,200
$1001 Bid
A Neoclassical gilt spelter and vert de mer marble three-piece clock garniture, H 39 - 42 - W 62 cm
Oct 04, 10:00 AM CEST
A Neoclassical gilt spelter and vert de mer marble three-piece clock garniture, H 39 - 42 - W 62 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €600- €800
€3001 Bid
Baccarat Crystal Glass Desk Clock In Original Box
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
Baccarat Crystal Glass Desk Clock In Original Box
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid

Sellers Who Sell European Clocks


Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Twents Veilinghuis

Twents Veilinghuis

Venduehuis der Notarissen

Venduehuis der Notarissen

Aletheia Subastas

Aletheia Subastas