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19th C French Comtoise long-case clock (working)

S/N:MV4001

19th Century

  • £395
  • €450 Euro
  • $513 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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19th C French Comtoise long-case clock (working)

MOLE VINTAGE
This tall, imposing Comtoise clock is in working order, with its original winding key. It strikes the hours on a bell, and repeats the hour strike about 2 minutes later. It also has a working calendar feature.

The movement is driven by two heavy weights with the traditional Comtoise red cords.

The clock face has a repousse surround, and the clock-maker, 'Flanchet', and place of origin, 'a Reuilly' (near Bourges in central France), are inscribed on the face.

The long, heavy brass pendulum is the most impressive feature of this clock, visible through the glass door to the front of the case.

The original foliage decoration on the pot-bellied or ‘violin’ oak case is still visible, but faint, due to age-related wear and tear.

Comtoise clocks - also referred to as Morbier clocks - were a style of long-case clock originally made in the region of Franche-Comté, and which subsequently became very popular throughout rural France between about 1700 and 1900.

Please note:

1. There is a small break and a piece of glass missing at the top of the glass door to the pendulum (see last image)
2. Due to the proportions of this piece (very tall + narrow depth), it is recommended that it is secured to the wall to ensure that it doesn’t tip forwards
3. The clock case needs to be level for the movement to function

Dimensions: 

  • H: 227.5cm (89.57in)
  • W: 49cm (19.29in)
  • D: 24cm (9.45in)

Period: 

19th Century

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Mole Vintage is run by husband and wife, Kevin and Sara Moore and grew out of our shared enthusiasm for sourcing unusual and characterful vintage items.  We are not especially interested in (or expert about) high-end antiques, or followers of current trends, nor bound by a particular period, but we are drawn to pieces which have a strong presence.  Either because of their inherent quality and design, or because they are something unique or eye-catching. 

Much, but not all, of our furniture, lighting, mirrors and decorative items are sourced in France, where we have developed a great network of local dealers since we started six years ago.

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