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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An Irish Cuban mahogany long-case clock, with brass dial, signed William Heron Newton, circa 1770 with 8 day movement, strikes the bell, moon phase, date and seconds dials, silvered chapter ring. Height 238 cm. Width 51 cm. Depth 27 cm

Irish mahogany long case clock, c1830. Height 196 cm. Width 45 cm. Depth 23 cm.

A late 18th century Irish mahogany longcase clock, Barnaby Vizer, Dublin, the hood with tall swan neck pediment with applied carved buds over a carved cushion moulding centred by a mask, with freestanding reeded columns over a long trunk door flanked by qu

Fine Irish flame mahogany early 19th century longcase clock, the hood with swan neck pediment surmounting a painted dial with landscape, with a twin train movement the trunk enclosed by waist panel doors between canted corners, maker bell, 81 Donegal Stree

An 19th century mahogany long case clock, possibly Irish, Cribb, Kilburn the hood with applied carved decoration over a trunk with canted front angles on a panelled base, the door set with a circular Barometer dial and (later wheat ear) hygrometer, level a