Learn about Grandfather Clock

More correctly known as longcase clocks, these are clocks with a hooded pendulum, housed in a tall enclosed case, about seven feet high.

Introduced during the latter part of the 17th century, the longcase clock has remained popular to the present day.

As a general rule, the designs of the clock cases followed the stylistic developments of the past three centuries. Late 17th and early 18th century clocks inspired the cabinetmaker to extraordinary heights in the art of marquetry inlay, very often in the complex and intricate 'seaweed' patterns.

Other clocks were lacquered and decorated with gilded chinoiseries. Chippendale's designs followed the prevailing flowing lines of the Rococo, with quantities of scroll work, frets, pagodas, urns and rams' heads. Those of the Neoclassical period showed a return to simpler, straighter lines, often enhanced with panels of well-figured inlay, lines of stringing, swan-neck pediments and brass finials.

The finest clocks were often veneered in walnut or mahogany, but many country clocks made from honest oak have survived. more...
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A Chinoiserie long case clock, John Anderson Wigton, the gilded black lacquered case decorated with a Chinese court scene on a simulated tortoise shell ground, the shaped glazed door enclosing an engraved and silvered dial with Romana and Arabic numerals o

A narrow Dutch cased Chinoiserie long case clock, marked Jonathan Parkes London, the dial with angel spandrels and foliage scrolls signed Jonathan Parkes London, the case with moulded corners and arched door to the hood, the slender form case decorated wit

Oriental hand painted lacquer long case clock with three train movement, approx. 210 cm high

Fine antique English Georgian Chinoiserie black lacquer longcase clock, arched brass dial with silvered chapter ring, engraved Tempus Fugit by Sam Morris London, eight day movement with subsidiary second dial, calendar aperture, the hood of pagoda shape, f

A George III Chinoiserie longcase clock by Spencer & Perkins, circa 1780. The longcase clock with Spencer & Perkins movement contained within a green lacquered Chinoiserie embellished case depicting figures within a landscape, the base with an equestrian s

A good highly decorative George III black lacquer chinoiserie longcase clock, the brass dial with Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds dial and date aperture, the maker noted 'Andren Moran London', applied pierced, scroll and mask cast panels to the quadrant

A Georgian longcase clock, with later red lacquer chinoiserie decoration, the arched dial engraved 'John Smorthwaite in Colchester', the silvered chapter ring with calendar aperture and seconds dial, the gilt brass spandrels with ornate pierced mask, leaf

A George III black lacquer longcase clock By J. Davis, Lemon Street, the 8-day bell strike movement with anchor escapement and rack strike, seconds dial, silent strike dial in the break arch and date aperture at 6, silvered dial and gilt spandrels, the cas

An impressive 18th century eight day longcase clock in Chinoiserie and floral decorated red lacquer case. Brass finials. The brass dial with box calendar, silvered chapter ring and ornate urn spandrels. Movement signed by James Grice C. 1740 with the later

Antique English Georgian green lacquer chinossiere decorated long case clock, movement by Jacob Odell St Albans, the dial with subsidiary second dial, calendar aperture, the trunk with green chinossiere decoration (has key and pendulum), approx 2.25m

An early 19th century Chinoiserie black lacquered long case clock, the dial signed J. Baverick, London, with an eight day movement and an anchor escapement on one bell, the brass dial and silvered Roman numeral chapter ring with calendar and subsidiary sec

A large first quarter of the 18th century inlaid walnut longcase clock, by Thomas trout, the hood with caddy top surmounted by three brown burning finials, over a square glazed door with ebonised columns above a long door with lenticle above a box and step

English longcase clock, c.1690, and later, by John Wells, Londini fecit, with five pillar 8 day movement, engraved centre and chapter ring, day display, ebonised pine case with Barley twist columns. Height 190 cm

A George II Japanned Chinoiserie decorated longcase clock, maker Jacob O'Donnell the arched pediment over an arched door flanked by columns, a long door and a square panelled base with plinth, the silvered arch dial with ormolu surround with date aperture,

A Chinoiserie longcase clock, Thomas bridge, London, circa 1695, inside count-wheel strike, anchor escapement, brass dial, Roman numerals, date aperture and subsidiary seconds, gilt putti molded spandrels, the dial signed Thomas bridge, Londini, Fecit, the

A Georgian black Chinoiserie grandfather clock, Thomas Dawes, Northampton, the arched brass dial with four brass corner spandrels and brass chapter ring with Roman and Arabic numerals, subsidiary second dial and date aperture in an arched top with slender

A Chinoiserie longcase clock, English, Charles Pingstone, London, three train musical movement, anchor escapement, music on nine bells, break arch engraved dial, silver chapter ring, Roman numerals, mask and scroll spandrels, wheat sheaf border, tune selec

A Chinoiserie long case clock, English, Joshua Hutchin, London, 8-day bell strike movement, inside count wheel strike, matted dial with floral engraving, mask and foliate spandrels, Roman numerals, date aperture, subsidiary seconds dial, glass sides, Chino

A fine William IV mahogany longcase clock, the arched hood surmounted brass finials, a brass dial with chased Chinoiserie decoration and date aperture, twin train movement the trunk enclosed with waist panel door between satinwood banding.

Longcase Clock, with an arched brass dial by Robert Henderson of Scarbrough in black and gilt Chinoiserie decorated case

A late 17th century marquetry inlaid walnut long case clock, Stephen Wilmott, Londini, fecit the square topped hood with ebonised three-quarter columns over a convex throat moulding, the long door with ebonised moulded edge and inlaid with various flowers

An early 18th century ebonised long case clock, Joshua Wilson, London, numbered 217 the caddy top with ball and spire finials over three-quarter Doric columns to the front and matching quarter columns to the rear over a long door with lenticle and replaced

Fine Chinoiserie lacquer longcase clock, by John Smorthwaite, Colchester, 18th century with later lacquer