Antique Timepieces

FINE ANTIQUES

MORBIER OR COMTOISE NORMANDY FRANCE GRANDFATHER CLOCK

(Item: C-351)

COMTOISE OR MORBIER GRANDFATHER OR LONG CASE CLOCK WITH A HIGHLY HAND CARVED CASE

ITEM # C-351

FROM THE WOODEN PEGGED CONSTRUCTION OF THE CASE, AND THE TYPE OF MOVEMENT, PENDULUM AND WEIGHTS IT WOULD APPEAR THE CLOCK WAS MADE BETWEEN 1800 -1850.

THIS COMTOISE OR MORBIER CLOCK WITH IT'S HAND CARVED OAK CASE IS QUITE UNUSUAL AND RELATIVELY RARE. IT WAS MADE IN FRANCE.

ACCORDING TO THE PERSONS I PURCHASED THE CLOCK FROM, THE CLOCK WAS PURCHASED FROM A HOME IN NORMANDY FRANCE, RIGHT AFTER WORLD WAR II ENDED BY SOME ONE IN THE US MILITARY (PROBABLY AN OFFICERS BECAUSE THEY HAD FREE SHIPPING FOR PERSONAL HOUSE HOLD ITEMS) AND SHIPPED TO THE UNITED STATES. AT SOME POINT IT WAS TAKEN TO COLORADO. I PURCHASED THE CLOCK IN 2004.

AS YOU CAN SEE THE CASE IS HAND CARVED FROM SOLID OAK PANELS IN HIGH RELIEF. THERE IS A SMALL GLASS PANEL IN THE DOOR SET INTO A CARVED HEART. BECAUSE THE PANELS ARE SOLID OAK AND THE CLOCK IS 150 TO OVER 200 YEARS OLD THERE IS WOOD SHRINKAGE WHICH CAUSES CRACKS TO FORM. THE CASE IS SOLID AND THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY NEW SHRINKAGE. (IF YOU GO TO ANY MUSEUM AND LOOK AT THEIR SOLID OAK CLOCKS AND FURNITURE YOU WILL SEE CRACKS.

THE HARDWARE IS ORIGINAL;

LARGE METAL TWIST HANDLES WITH PEWTER ESCUTSHEONS ON BOTH THE DIAL DOOR AND THE MAIN CASE DOOR.

THE EXTERNAL HINGES ARE VERY LARGE, SILVER IN COLOR, PERHAPS PEWTER?

THE MOVEMENT IS ORIGINAL TO THE CASE.

THE MOVEMENT STRIKES THE HOUR ON A GONG AND IN TWO MINUTES REPEATS THE STRIKE, IN ADDITION, IT STRIKES THE HALF HOUR. THE WEIGHTS AND PENDULUM ARE ORIGINAL. WHY DOES IT DOUBLE STRIKE ON THE HOUR? BECAUSE IN THOSE DAYS LIGHT AT NIGHT WAS DIM, AND CAME FROM CANDLES AND OIL LAMPS.

THE PORCELAIN DIAL IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION

IT SHOWS "AUX ARMES DE BRETAGNE A'OUIMPER ARMAND CARON" I WOULD ASSUME THAT ARMAND CARON WAS THE CLOCKMAKER'S NAME BUT CANNOT FIND ANY DEFINITIVE INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET.



THE OVERALL HIGHT IS 7 FEET 4 INCHES

PRICE $3500 WHICH INCLUDES A $500 SHIPPING CREDIT

CLOCK CAN BE SEEN IN METRO DENVER AREA BY APPOINTMENT

 


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Circa:  1790 Period:  EARLY FRENCH
W. 21 INCHES″  D. 15 INCHES″  Ht. 89 INCHES″ 
Price: $3500.00
NOTE THE INTRICATE HAND CARVING ON THIS 200 YEAR OLD OAK TALLCASE CLOCK YOU CAN ALSO SEE THE PEG CONSTRUCTION
NOTE THE INTRICATE HAND CARVING ON THIS 200 YEAR OLD OAK TALLCASE CLOCK YOU CAN ALSO SEE THE PEG CONSTRUCTION
EVEN THE SIDES ARE CARVED (DIAL HAS A PHOTO REFLECTION)
EVEN THE SIDES ARE CARVED (DIAL HAS A PHOTO REFLECTION)
THIS FRENCH GRANDFATHER CLOCK IS A RARE FIND
THIS FRENCH GRANDFATHER CLOCK IS A RARE FIND
DIAL IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION THOSE MARKS ARE FROM PHOTOGRAPH LIGHTS
DIAL IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION THOSE MARKS ARE FROM PHOTOGRAPH LIGHTS
NICE BRASS HANDS -THOSE ARE LIGHT REFLECTIONS IN UPPER LEFT CORRNER
NICE BRASS HANDS -THOSE ARE LIGHT REFLECTIONS IN UPPER LEFT CORRNER
ARTS AND CRAFTS AND TWO MORBIER GRANDFATHER CLOCKS
ARTS AND CRAFTS AND TWO MORBIER GRANDFATHER CLOCKS
GREAT BONNET COMPLETELY HAND CARVED
GREAT BONNET COMPLETELY HAND CARVED
UPPER HANDLE AND PEWTER  ESCUTSHEON
UPPER HANDLE AND PEWTER ESCUTSHEON
GREAT DETAIL AND EXCELLENT PORCELAIN  DIAL OR FACE
GREAT DETAIL AND EXCELLENT PORCELAIN DIAL OR FACE
ORIGINAL WEIGHTS AND PENDULUM
ORIGINAL WEIGHTS AND PENDULUM
OUTTER CASE MOVEMENT ACCESS DOOR OPEN
OUTTER CASE MOVEMENT ACCESS DOOR OPEN
INSIDE OF CASE
INSIDE OF CASE
WONDERFUL METAL HINGE
WONDERFUL METAL HINGE
DETAIL OF CARVINGS ON DOOR
DETAIL OF CARVINGS ON DOOR
LOWER  ESCUTSHEON AND HANDLE
LOWER ESCUTSHEON AND HANDLE
GLASS PANEL IN HEART SHAPED DOOR OPENING
GLASS PANEL IN HEART SHAPED DOOR OPENING
ALL HAND CARVINGS
ALL HAND CARVINGS
DETAIL ON DOOR
DETAIL ON DOOR
INNER MOVEMENT METAL ACCESS DOOR
INNER MOVEMENT METAL ACCESS DOOR
NOTE CARVED DETAILS ON LOWER CASE AND LEGS
NOTE CARVED DETAILS ON LOWER CASE AND LEGS
STRIKE SIDE OF MORBIER MOVEMENT
STRIKE SIDE OF MORBIER MOVEMENT
GREAT HAND CARVINGS
GREAT HAND CARVINGS
CRACK BECAUSE DOOR WAS CARVED FROM SOLID OAK AND ITS OVER 200 YEARS OLD
CRACK BECAUSE DOOR WAS CARVED FROM SOLID OAK AND ITS OVER 200 YEARS OLD
TIME OR VERGE SIDE OF MORBIER MOVEMENT
TIME OR VERGE SIDE OF MORBIER MOVEMENT

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Item Last Modified: 01/05/14