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Neoclassical Grandfather Clocks and Longcase Clocks

NEOCLASSICAL STYLE

Neoclassical design emerged in Europe in the 1750s, as the Age of Enlightenment reached full flower. Neoclassical furniture took its cues from the styles of ancient Rome and Athens: symmetrical, ordered, dignified forms with such details as tapered and fluted chair and table legs, backrest finials and scrolled arms.

Over a period of some 20 years, first in France and later in Britain, neoclassical design — also known as Louis XVI, or Louis Seize — would supersede the lithe and curvaceous Rococo or Louis XV style.

The first half of the 18th century had seen a rebirth of interest in classical antiquity. The "Grand Tour" of Europe, codified as a part of the proper education of a patrician gentleman, included an extended visit to Rome. Some ventured further, to sketch the ruins of ancient Greece. These drawings and others — particularly those derived from the surprising and rich archaeological discoveries in the 1730s and ’40s at the sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum — caused great excitement among intellectuals and aesthetes alike.

Neoclassical furniture is meant to reflect both grace and power. The overall appearance of neoclassical chairs, tables and cabinetry is strong and rectilinear. These pieces are, in effect, classical architecture in miniature: chair and table legs are shaped like columns; cabinets are constructed with elements that mirror friezes and pediments.

Yet neoclassicism is enlivened by gilt and silver leaf, marquetry, and carved and applied ornamental motifs based on Greek and Roman sculpture: acanthus leaves, garlands, laurel wreaths, sheaves of arrow, medallions and chair splats are carved in the shapes of lyres and urns.

As you can see from the furniture on these pages, there is a bit of whimsy in such stately pieces — a touch of lightness that will always keep neoclassicism fresh.

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Clock, France, 19th C., after Charles Cressent 'France, 1685-1768'
By Charles Cressent
Located in Madrid, ES
Clock. Palo santo, rosewood, golden bronze. France, 19th century, modeled after Charles Cressent (France, 1685-1768). Wooden box grandfather clock in which palo santo, rosewood an...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Grandfather Clocks and Longcase Clocks

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Bronze, Other

Swedish 1810s Neoclassical Tall Case Clock with Original Painted Finish and Swag
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Neoclassical tall case clock from the early 19th century with original orange paint and mechanisms. This Swedish longcase painted clock (commonly referred as a Mora clock) ...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Grandfather Clocks and Longcase Clocks

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Wood

Onyx, Marble, Gilt Bronze and Champlevé Enamel Pedestal Clock
Located in London, GB
This colorful pedestal clock has been crafted from fine red marble and green onyx, and beautifully decorated with gilt bronze (ormolu) and champlevé enamel. While a popular crafts ma...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Grandfather Clocks and Longcase Clocks

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Onyx, Marble, Bronze, Enamel, Ormolu

French Renaissance Style Gilt Bronze and Enamel Mounted Onyx Longcase Clock
Located in London, GB
French Renaissance style gilt bronze and enamel mounted onyx longcase clock French, late 19th century Measures: Height 126cm, width 37cm, depth 30cm This colourful longcase cloc...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Grandfather Clocks and Longcase Clocks

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Marble, Onyx, Ormolu, Bronze, Enamel

19th Century Swedish Mora Working Tall Case Clock in Original Paint
Located in Wichita, KS
This is a rare Swedish Mora clock with exceptional crosshatch detail in the neoclassical style, circa 1810. Original face, clockworks, pendulum and weights. This clock has been clean...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Grandfather Clocks and Longcase Clocks

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Paint

French Neoclassical Style Enamel, Onyx, and Gilt Bronze Pedestal Clock
Located in London, GB
French neoclassical style enamel, onyx, and gilt bronze pedestal clock French, late 19th century Measures: Height 125cm, width 36cm, depth 30cm This beautiful pedestal clock has...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Grandfather Clocks and Longcase Clocks

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Onyx, Bronze, Enamel, Ormolu

Very Unique Antique Hand Painted Swedish Clock Neoclassical Design, circa 1810
Located in Dallas, TX
Very unusual antique wooden Swedish clock with hand painted neoclassical decoration, circa 1810.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Grandfather Clocks and Longcase Clocks

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Wood

Swedish Neoclassical Style Painted Wood Longcase Clock with Carved Palmette
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish early 19th century neoclassical style longcase painted wood clock with carved crest, circular head and linear body. This Swedish painted wood grandfather clock features an ...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Grandfather Clocks and Longcase Clocks

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Wood, Glass

Early 19th Century Danish Neoclassical Longcase Clock
Located in Essex, MA
Early 19th century Danish carved and giltwood neoclassical tall case clock. Original gilding on all hand carved neoclassical ornamentation. Palace provenance, more than likely. Profi...
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Early 19th Century Danish Antique Neoclassical Grandfather Clocks and Longcase Clocks

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Onyx and Marble Longcase Clock with Enamel and Gilt Bronze Mounts
Located in London, GB
This colorful longcase clock was created in France in the late 19th Century. It has been crafted from marble and onyx, and decorated with gilt bronze and champlevé enamel. Onyx was a...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Grandfather Clocks and Longcase Clocks

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Onyx, Marble, Bronze, Enamel, Ormolu

Neoclassical Style White Onyx and Gilt Bronze Pedestal Clock and Barometer
Located in London, GB
Neoclassical style white onyx and gilt bronze pedestal clock and barometer French, late 19th century Height 150cm, width 52cm, depth 52cm This fine and large multi-purpose free-...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Grandfather Clocks and Longcase Clocks

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Onyx, Bronze, Ormolu

French Gilt Bronze and Enamel Mounted Onyx Standing Clock
Located in London, GB
French gilt bronze and enamel mounted onyx standing clock French, late 19th century Height 126cm, width 36cm, depth 27cm This beautiful pedestal clock is crafted in a wonderful ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Grandfather Clocks and Longcase Clocks

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Onyx, Marble, Bronze, Enamel, Ormolu

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