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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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French comptoise clock, with later clock face (214 x 62 x 29cm)
May 30, 10:00 AM AEST
French comptoise clock, with later clock face (214 x 62 x 29cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD807 Bids
Vintage Omega 8 Day Desk Clock
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Omega 8 Day Desk Clock
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$805 Bids
A French Empire Gilt Bronze Figural Mantel Clock
Jun 09, 9:00 AM PDT
A French Empire Gilt Bronze Figural Mantel Clock
by Abell Auction
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1,1005 Bids
French Japy Freres Crystal Regulator Clock James R. Armiger Co.
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
French Japy Freres Crystal Regulator Clock James R. Armiger Co.
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$2204 Bids
A small Napoleon III cloissoné mantle clock with gilt bronze Rococo mounts, H 32 cm
May 30, 10:00 AM CEST
A small Napoleon III cloissoné mantle clock with gilt bronze Rococo mounts, H 32 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €200- €300
€1303 Bids
Faberge Metal And Amethyst Egg Clock In Velvet Lined Box
Jun 06, 12:00 PM EDT
Faberge Metal And Amethyst Egg Clock In Velvet Lined Box
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $100- $1,000
$753 Bids
Antq Vincent & Cie French Gilt Metal Mantle Clock
Jun 12, 10:00 AM EDT
Antq Vincent & Cie French Gilt Metal Mantle Clock
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $300- $1,000
$22 Bids
Wrought metal French style wall clock with quartz movement (75cm)
May 30, 3:00 PM AEST
Wrought metal French style wall clock with quartz movement (75cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD302 Bids
1930s German walnut wall clock by Mauthe (78 x 35 x 18cm)
May 30, 10:00 AM AEST
1930s German walnut wall clock by Mauthe (78 x 35 x 18cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD120- AUD180
AUD202 Bids
French Brass Carriage Clock with Wind Key, France
Jun 12, 10:00 AM EDT
French Brass Carriage Clock with Wind Key, France
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$11 Bid
Two Porcelain Clocks
Jun 12, 6:00 PM EDT
Two Porcelain Clocks
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
Large French Clock w/ Red Marble
May 31, 9:00 AM EDT
Large French Clock w/ Red Marble
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1001 Bid
European Walnut Wall Clock
Jun 12, 6:00 PM EDT
European Walnut Wall Clock
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
Louis XV Style Gilt Brass Mantle Clock
Jun 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Louis XV Style Gilt Brass Mantle Clock
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $800- $1,200
$1001 Bid
A FINE GUILLOCHE ENAMELED AND STERLING SILVER CASED DESK CLOCK.
Jun 06, 6:00 PM AWST
A FINE GUILLOCHE ENAMELED AND STERLING SILVER CASED DESK CLOCK.
by McKenzies Auctioneers
Est: AUD250- AUD500
AUD1201 Bid
Epoque Restauration.
Jun 06, 2:15 PM CEST
Epoque Restauration.
by Alde
Est: €600- €800
€6001 Bid
Epoque Restauration.
Jun 06, 2:15 PM CEST
Epoque Restauration.
by Alde
Est: €500- €700
€5001 Bid
Lenzkirch Rococo Style Walnut and Brass Table Clock
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Lenzkirch Rococo Style Walnut and Brass Table Clock
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $750- $1,500
$2501 Bid
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Cartier "Colisee" Travel Desk Clock
Jun 05, 6:00 PM EDT
Cartier "Colisee" Travel Desk Clock
by Market Auctions Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell European Clocks


Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Historia Auctionata

Historia Auctionata

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Nagel Auction

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Turner Auctions + Appraisals