French Clocks for Sale

French ormoluFrench porticoFrench marble c1880Morbier c1870Morbier c1880Voisin c1745

Superb French gilt ormolu 8-day time and strike clock. c1850


A highly decorative ormolu 8-Day time and strike French mantle clock, fully restored, retains much of its original gilding. Almost identical clock illustrated in European Pendulum Clocks, Schiffer Publishing, page 23.

This ormolu mantle clock has floral and acanthus gilt mounts, a white enamel dial and gilt pierced hands. 

The enamel dial is 12 cm (4 ¾”) diameter and has Roman hour numbers and Arabic minute numbers at each 5-minute mark. Dial is signed Richon above the centre and Bf Montmartre II below.

Movement by H & R Paris, Number 2783

Strikes the hours and one strike on the half hour on a rear mounted bell. Countwheel striking.

The 3 1/2" drim movement movement has anchor escapement and Brocot suspension with rear pendulum, all protected by a glazed rear door.

Height 45 cm (17 ¾”)

Width 36 cm (14”)

Depth 12 cm (4 ½”)

Offered at US$3,800

A Fine French Black Marble and Gilt 8-day Portico Clock. c1860


This very fine and elegant French black marble portico clock has gilt mounts, gilt caps and bases to the shaped side columns, a gilt drapery swag under the dial with a female mask to the centre. A gilt pendulum with an embossed eagle swings between the columns.
The 4 1/2 inch white enamel dial has Roman hour numbers and Arabic minute numbers at each fifteen minute position. The dial has gilt pierced hands.
The clock stands on four gilt bun feet and is 15 1/2 inches high, 10 inches wide and 4 inches deep.
The 8-day time and strike drum movement is 4 1/2 inches diameter, it is spring powered and has countwheel strike control, striking the hours and half hour on a rear mounted cast and polished bell.
The pendulum has silk suspension adjusted from the rear. The movement is protected by a glazed rear cover.
Offered at US$3,200

A Distinctive French Gold & Grey Marble Mantle Clock. c1880


This distinctive French Napoleon period clock in Neo-classical form and with ormolu mounts of a female head to each side and to the trophy cup top. The body is of an unusual gold and grey marble with molded layers both to the top and base. The base with ormolu mounts and rococo style feet. 

The 3 ½” white porcelain dial has Roman hour chapters and Arabic minute numbers every five minutes. The hands are pierced and of blued steel. The dial being protected by a gilt bezel with beveled glass. 

This clock has a spring driven brass eight day time and strike movement with Brocot suspension and strikes the hours and half hour on a rear mounted bell

The rear plate is stamped with a medal of honor. 

Movement number 1524  (5.8) by Japy Freres, France. c1880

15 5/8” high. 

Offered at US$2,400

A Good French Wall Hanging Morbier Clock. c1870


This is a nineteenth century French wall hanging Morbier (Comtoise) Clock. It is housed in a traditional iron case with pressed brass dial decoration. The chased and pressed arch decoration is of farmers ploughing a field, a boy guiding the horse drawn plough. 

The dial is of white enamel with Roman hour chapters and a double minute band with dots for each five minute marker. The time hands are of pierced brass and the winding arbors are below the center. Time at LHS and strike at the RHS. This clock also has date indication driven from the center arbor with Arabic date numbers inside the hour markers, the arrow head pointer is of blued steel. 

This clock has a steel posted eight day movement with four spoke brass wheels (gears). The movement is weight driven with an exposed brass bob pendulum. It has an inverted verge crown wheel escapement and strikes the hours on a top mounted bell.  

Clock Case 18 ¾” high x 11” wide. c1870.

Offered at US$1,250

A Traditional French Wall Hanging Morbier Clock. c1880


This is a traditional nineteenth century French wall hanging Morbier (Comtoise) Clock. It is housed in an iron case with pressed brass dial decoration. The chased and pressed arch decoration is of floral form.

The 8" dial is of white enamel with Roman hour numbers and a double minute band with dots for each five minute marker. The hands are of pierced brass and the winding arbors are below the center. Time at LHS and strike at the RHS. The dial is signed Vue Creguier above center and a Landivisiau below center.

This clock has a steel posted eight day movement with four spoke brass wheels (gears). The movement is weight driven with an exposed brass bob pendulum. It has anchor escapement and strikes the hours on a rear mounted coiled steel gong.  

Clock Case 16” high x 10” wide and 7" deep. 

Offered at US$1,050

Small Louis XV gilt-brass mounted red tortoiseshell quarter repeating clock. Charles Voisin. c1745.


A small Louis XV gilt-brass mounted red tortoiseshell quarter repeating bracket timepiece with bracket. The 5 1/2" thirteen piece enamel cartouche dial is signed Charles Voisin A Paris. The shaped movement plates are similarly signed and have knopped pillars. The verge movement has silk suspension and pull repeating the hours and quarters on two bells. The waisted case is veneered with red-stained tortoiseshell surmounted by a seated putto, a mask on the lower door, gryphon feet and foliate mounts throughout. The conforming bracket has female mask corner mounts and a leaf clasp base finial. All mounts are stamped with the crowned 'C' tax mark which was used on bronze between March 1745 and February 1749.
Charles Voisin was born in Paris in 1685 and became a master clockmaker in 1710. He worked first at the Rue de Sevres and after 1713 at the Rue Dauphine. He married twice and fathered nine children, two of whom became master clockmakers. In 1760, as an old man, he ceded his business to his second son Antoine-Henry. He died in Paris in February 1761.
This clock was once part of the prestigious Justice Warren Shepro Collection of Clocks.
Offered at US$14,800