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 West Australian longcase clock by James Howieson of Boyanup Gallery manufactured from Blackbutt and Blackbutt burl the mechanism by Keininger, from Stuttgart Germany 7 day movement, hourly gongs, quarter chimes height 218 cm

Mahogany grandfather clock, c1910, George III, English, with pendulum & weight, 213 cmH, (possibly Maple & Co)

Antique French long case clock, carved oak trunk and hood, has pendulum, 233 cm high

A George III mahogany receded pilaster long case clock, circa 1810, with carved swan neck pediment with three eagle and ball finials above floral painted dial with Roman chapter ring, seconds dial and date, two train movement, 229 cm high

A George III mahogany long case clock by David Somerville, St Ninians, circa 1810, with swan neck pediment above gilt and silvered dial with Roman chapter ring, seconds dial, date and phases of the moon, two train movement, 228 cm high

Miniature mahogany and marquetry grandfather clock with revolving day, date and month apertures

A William IV mahogany cased 8 day Scottish grandfather clock. Maker J. Bell, Perth. Height: 203 cm

An English Georgian mahogany cased Grandfather clock having silver dial, maker William Curtis, 217 cm high

A mid 20th century long case clock in walnut, 167 x 28 x 46 cm

A fine George II walnut longcase clock by William Kipling, London, 225 cm high

Antique English long case clock, movement by Jas Roberts (Bath) painted arched dial, with sub seconds, and calendar aperture, ebony inlaid mahogany case, approx 210 cm high

A 19th century mahogany long case clock, the painted dial with calendar aperture and phases of the moon arch, the case with banded inlay and spiral twist full column mouldings with metal capitals, the eight-day movement striking on a bell. Height 210 cm

A mahogany long case Grandmother clock, 20th century, the brass dial marked Tempus Fugit, 151 cm high

Art Deco Moore and Wright grandfather clock, height 153 cm

A miniature timber cased and inlaid longcase clock, 20th century, with an arched top inlaid with a Sheraton fan above an enamel dial with Roman numerals, the trunk decorated with wheat heads and leaves in an urn, the lower section with a navette medallion

A late Georgian oak long case clock, the hood with break-arch pediment, arched door flanked by fluted pilasters, the brass and enamel dial with lunar movement, Roman numerals, rail track minutes; the mechanism striking on a bell. Height 215 cm

George III mahogany long case clock, the broken arch bonnet enclosing a hand painted dial with Arabic numerals, subsidiary dials for seconds and date, signed 'Baker Dunster', the arch with aperture for rocking sailing ship, single panelled door, tw

A Black Forest grandfather clock, circa 1910, the elaborate hand carved case depicting a fox below a vine leaf covered brick wall, with two perched owls below the circular clock face. All below an owl pediment with outstreched wings and electrified glass e

An impressive Edwardian mahogany and satinwood marquetry long case clock marked Green Brothers Newcastle, circa 1900, the hood with swan neck pediment with floral bosses, the arched door flanked by reeded Corinthian columns enclosed is the brass and silver

Antique English long case clock, with an important Thomas Ogden Halifax movement circa 1750, possibly later oak case, has key (in office), pendulum and weights, approx 220 cm high

A late 19th century French miniature long case clock, 60 cm high

A Swiss provincial long case clock with wood dial and roman numerals in painted soft wood case, 204 cm high

A George III string inlaid flame mahogany longcase clock, by John Pengelly, Banstaple, North Devon, 1796, 230 cm high. Provenance: Purchased Georgian Antiques, 1960

George III oak longcase clock, with square painted dial, signed Sidwell, Nuneaton, 30 hour striking movement (bell), circa 1800, 202 cm high

Chinoiserie long case grandfather clock, with German Tempus Fugit weight driven striking movement, 205 cm high

A fine inlaid long case mahogany moon phase clock, early 19th century, marked Osborne to rear of dial, clock face manufacturers, with an arched broken pediment, engraved brass and spandrel decorated dial with a brushed steel chapter ring and Roman numerals

Long case grandfather clock, with weight driven chiming movement, key and pendulum included, 211 cm high

William IV oak and mahogany longcase clock, (grandfather clock) by Broadhead, Belper, with painted dial, roman numerals and arch depicting a scene of a fisherman on the shoreline, 8 day striking movement (bell) requires servicing, key and pendulum included

William IV oak and mahogany longcase clock, (grandfather clock) by Broadhead, Belper, with painted dial, roman numerals and arch depicting a scene of a fisherman on the shoreline, 8 day striking movement (bell) requires servicing, key and pendulum included

A Georgian oak moon-face dial longcase clock late 18th century the dial marked: W.P. Coates, Newport Pagnell with eight day movement - hourly / half hourly strikes the bell, the dial with date display and subsidiary second hand, height: 229 cm, width 46 cm

An oak longcase clock by Robert Mason of Kelso, circa 1820-1830, with swan neck hood, the dial painted with floral spray, 205 cm high, 47 cm wide, Provenance, collection of Michael Galloway, Sydney

Art Deco German grandfather clock, (W├╝rttemberg) with weight driven chiming movement and limed dome top case, 194 cm high

George II oak longcase clock, (grandfather clock) by John Johnson, with rare dancing harlequin automata in break arch and date aperture, unrestored condition, 222 cm high approx

Marquetry inlaid mahogany miniature long case clock with enamelled dial, approximately 27.5 cm high

A French provincial comtoise longcase clock, 19th century, signed J. Denis, Vayres, 236 cm high, 49.5 cm wide, 21 cm deep

A French provincial long case clock, 19th century, with dial marked Clisson a Parthenay, from Northern France, the pine cased clock with a banjo shaped body, having a feather painted walnut finish to the exterior and an elaborate pressed and coloured tin d

Art Deco German Junghans grandfather clock, 199 cm high

A Georgian grandfather clock in mahogany case with subsidiary seconds dial and date window, 225 cm

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