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

A spectacular walnut carved Black Forest long case clock, c1900, the ornate case surmounted with a large three-dimensional owl, its wings outstretched, glass eyes, the entire case carved with fruiting grape vines, highlighted with two further smaller owls

A good N.Z. colonial carved kauri long case clock, the pediment as a winged cherub mask above the 31 circular dial with cut brass applied Roman numerals and Art Nouveau copper hands, framed by a fruiting vine and scroll relief detail, above an open section

Colonial cedar longcase clock with swan neck scrolled pediment wooden hand painted face & wooden & brass movement

A cedar and fiddle back eucalypt long case clock, Australian, late 19th century, 211 cm high, 37 cm wide, 39 cm deep

Colonial cedar longcase clock with Thomas Hope scrolled pediment and bracket feet to base, inscription in pencil inside, ? Emma sailed Sydney 14th December 1852

An Australian blackwood chip carved watch stand in the form of a grandfather clock a similar decorated mantel clock and an Edwardian tramp art sewing box, (3) 36 cm high and 38 cm wide

An important Australian cedar and casuarina longcase clock by James Oatley, circa 1822, No 23, by James Oatley, circa 1822, No 23 the hood with a swan neck pediment with three brass ball finials over a cedar and pine strung door, flanked by freestanding re

Australian carved blackwood long cased clock, with finely carved Art Nouveau flower decorations to each panel

Robert Prenzel (1866-1941) A rare carved long case clock, circa 1910 Reputedly part of the original Furnishings of Glenormiston, Western District, Victoria the movement stamped F. Ziegeler, Melbourne decorated in the Arts & Crafts style, with a beaten and

An Australian cedar longcase clock, W. Reynolds, Launceston, circa 1860, the moulded cornice above a rectangular hood over a long rounded arched door above a square base, the painted dial with Roman numerals and calender, with a simple weight driven moveme

Colonial miniature grandfather clock the balloon dial encased in mainly kauri, figured and burr 61 cm. Height (faults)

A highly important early Colonial Australian cedar longcase clock by James Oatley, Sydney 1820, the dial inscribed 'Oatley Sydney 1820', the hood with a swan neck pediment over a circular casuarina veneered door, flanked by freestanding twisted reeded colu

A fine early colonial cedar long case clock, circa 1830-35 48 x 205x xx 24 cm with an English 8 day movement, in excellent working order. Gadrooned domed pediment and the clockface flanked by full tapered columns, ‘Quilled on the cann' adornments to the fl

Cedar longcase clock with a square hood, a silvered dial, Roman numerals, a twin train movement, a waist panel door and canted corners. Provenance: From the family of Cunningham McFarlane, a clockmaker working in Melbourne from (1853 to 1900)