Antique Clocks

The exquisite collection of antique clocks presented by Mayfair Gallery includes some of the best 19th century timekeeping wares on the market. Our varied selection of decorative timepieces are suitable for a desk, wall, mantel, or even a pocket.

Whilst the history of timekeeping dates to antiquity, the origins of the clock as we know it can be found in the Renaissance, with the invention of the mechanical clock. Following the creation of the pendulum clock in the 17th century, the 19th century in particular saw several major advancements in the clockmaking world that increased both the accuracy and portability of timekeeping devices: the beginning of the 19th century saw the invention of the carriage clock. With the first models designed for Napoleon, these smaller pieces were made for travel, and housed in a handled case for easy transportation.

One of the most favoured types of antique clocks is the mantel clock – devices of varying sizes designed to sit upon a mantelpiece. A particularly exquisite type of mantel clock emerged during the era of the Napoleonic Empire, elaborately decorated with Neoclassical influences. These extraordinary pieces were designed in the Empire style, and would typically combine ornate clock cases with famed classical sculptures, all seated upon a decorative plinth with frieze decoration. Examples from the Mayfair Gallery collection include works by the prestigious French clock-making firm Le Roys et Fils, as well as famed metalworkers such as Barbedienne and Deverberie.

Mayfair Gallery also presents a large number of stunning antique clock sets. Comprising of a central timepiece accompanied by ornamental side pieces such as candelabra, these magnificent sets often bring together a host of different materials and forms. Particularly exquisite examples include sculptural Neoclassical sets by Picard, as well as porcelain works in the style of the esteemed Sèvres manufactory.

A particular highlight of Mayfair Gallery’s clock collection is our selection of luxury pocket watches, made by esteemed Swiss makers. At the crossroads of science, art and technology, the skills required for mechanical watchmaking are a true craft, and Mayfair Gallery’s selection are some of the best examples the contemporary market has to offer.

From the impressive grandeur of a tall grandfather clock to the delicacy of a carriage clock inlaid with precious elements, our beautiful selection of fine antique clocks contains works in all ranges of sizes, materials, and styles.

Learn more about the history of antique clocks in our blog here.

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  1. Neoclassical 123
  2. Louis XVI 56
  3. Rococo 41
  4. Belle Époque 33
  5. Louis XV 32
  6. Empire 31
  7. Classical 24
  8. Figurative Art 23
  9. Sèvres 22
  10. Napoleon III 20
  11. Floral 18
  12. Chinoiserie 10
  13. Japonisme 10
  14. Charles X 9
  15. Baroque 7
  16. Renaissance 7
  17. Restauration 7
  18. Fête Galante 6
  19. Japanese Interest 6
  20. Orientalist 6
  21. Animal / Animalier 5
  22. Egyptian Revival 5
  23. Gothic 5
  24. Music / Musical 4
  25. Mythological 4
  26. Napoleonic 4
  27. Boulle 3
  28. Chinese Interest 3
  29. Genre 3
  30. Islamic 3
  31. Religious 3
  32. Victorian 3
  33. Neo-Grec 3
  34. 20th and 21st Century Design 2
  35. Birds / Ornithology 2
  36. Christian 2
  37. Contemporary 2
  38. Equestrian / Horses 2
  39. Faberge 2
  40. Landscape 2
  41. Marine / Seascape 2
  42. Militaria / Military 2
  43. Portrait 2
  44. Régence 2
  45. Royal / Monarchy 2
  46. Russian Interest 2
  47. Aesthetic Movement 1
  48. Art Deco 1
  49. Art Nouveau 1
  50. Biblical 1
  51. Bizarre 1
  52. Byzantine 1
  53. Fabergé 1
  54. Louis XIV 1
  55. Mannerist 1
  56. Meiji 1
  57. Meissen 1
  58. Moorish 1
  59. Ottoman 1
  60. Persian interest 1
  61. Romantic 1
  62. Shakespeare, Theatre & Literature 1
  63. Neo-Gothic 1
Material
  1. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 235
  2. Enamel 70
  3. Porcelain 49
  4. Malachite 40
  5. Marble 36
  6. Patinated Bronze 33
  7. Enamel - Champlevé 19
  8. Bronze 13
  9. Lapis Lazuli 13
  10. Glass 12
  11. Gilt 10
  12. Brass 9
  13. Silvered bronze 9
  14. Enamel - Cloisonné 7
  15. Onyx 6
  16. Cut Glass 5
  17. Gold 5
  18. Precious Stones 5
  19. Silver 5
  20. Silver-gilt 5
  21. Tole 5
  22. Tortoiseshell 5
  23. Wood 5
  24. Ebonised Wood 4
  25. Gilt Brass 3
  26. Griotte Marble 3
  27. Agate 2
  28. Alabaster 2
  29. Enamel - Guilloché 2
  30. Gilt Metal 2
  31. Giltwood 2
  32. Leather 2
  33. Marquetry 2
  34. Nephrite 2
  35. Pietra Dura 2
  36. Porphyry 2
  37. Rosewood 2
  38. Sapphire 2
  39. Spelter 2
  40. Carrara Marble 1
  41. Cast Iron 1
  42. Crystal 1
  43. Diamond 1
  44. Emerald 1
  45. Faience 1
  46. Hardstone 1
  47. Kingwood 1
  48. Mahogany 1
  49. Metal 1
  50. Mother-of-Pearl 1
  51. Opaline Glass 1
  52. Parquetry 1
  53. Pearl 1
  54. Quartz 1
  55. Ruby 1
  56. Silvered Metal 1
  57. Tulipwood 1
  58. Velvet 1
Colour
  1. Gold 257
  2. White 84
  3. Multi-coloured 68
  4. Green 59
  5. Blue 47
  6. Brown 41
  7. Black 27
  8. Red 27
  9. Silver 16
  10. Turquoise 14
  11. Cream 12
  12. Clear 8
  13. Pink 8
  14. Metallic 6
  15. Grey 5
  16. Yellow 4
  17. Purple 3
  18. Orange 2
Country Of Origin
  1. French 252
  2. Austrian 5
  3. English 4
  4. Swiss 4
  5. Russian 3
  6. German 2
  7. Japanese 2
  8. Continental 1
  9. Italian 1
  10. Spanish 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 113
  2. 19th Century 91
  3. Early 19th Century 41
  4. Early 20th Century 14
  5. 18th Century and Earlier 10
  6. 21st Century 3
  7. 20th Century 1
Artist / Maker
  1. Sèvres 14
  2. Barbedienne, Ferdinand 10
  3. Picard, Henri 8
  4. Raingo Frères 8
  5. Denière et Fils 7
  6. Le Roy et fils 5
  7. Dasson, Henry 3
  8. Royer, Ernest 3
  9. Beurdeley 2
  10. Charpentier & Compagnie 2
  11. Dagoty and Honore 2
  12. Dreyfous, Edouard Henry 2
  13. Fabergé 2
  14. L. Leroy & Cie 2
  15. Lemerle-Charpentier & Compagnie 2
  16. Lerolle Frères 2
  17. Petit, Jacob 2
  18. Piolaine, Michel-François 2
  19. Sévin, Louis-Constant 2
  20. Ageron a Paris 1
  21. Aizelin, Eugene-Antoine 1
  22. Alex'r M. Hays 1
  23. Audemars Piguet 1
  24. Balthazard, Michel 1
  25. Barwise & Sons 1
  26. Brezagez, Pierre 1
  27. Carreras, Jacinto 1
  28. Creil et Montereau 1
  29. Delafontaine 1
  30. Deverberie, Jean-Simon 1
  31. du Tertre, Charles 1
  32. Ed. Kahn & Cie 1
  33. Falconet, Etienne-Maurice 1
  34. Festeau Le Jeune 1
  35. Galle, Claude 1
  36. Galle, Gérard-Jean 1
  37. Gervais, Ferdinand 1
  38. Gleizes 1
  39. Graux, Jules 1
  40. Gravelin, Paul 1
  41. Gros, Jean-Louis-Benjamin 1
  42. Guilmet, André Romain 1
  43. Herbert, Pierre-Eugène-Emile 1
  44. Honoré Pons, Pierre-César 1
  45. Janetti Father & Sons 1
  46. Japy Freres 1
  47. Jolly, Gaston 1
  48. KPM, Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur 1
  49. Kreisser, Edouard 1
  50. Lenoir, E. 1
  51. Lepaute 1
  52. Maison Mottheau et fils 1
  53. Manière, Charles-Guillaume 1
  54. Marchand, Nicolas Jean 1
  55. Meissen Porcelain Manufactory 1
  56. Mercié, Marius Jean Antonin 1
  57. Michelez 1
  58. Miller & Sons 1
  59. Miroy Frères, Paris 1
  60. Moreau, Auguste 1
  61. Parmigiani, Fleurier 1
  62. Politzer, Ludwig 1
  63. Pradier, James 1
  64. Riesener, Jean Henri 1
  65. Robert-Houdin, Jean-Eugene 1
  66. Samson et Cie 1
  67. Schoenewerk, Pierre Alexandre 1
  68. Silvani 1
  69. Susse Frères 1
  70. Tharin, Xavier 1
  71. Thomire, Pierre-Philippe 1
  72. Vacheron Constantin 1
  73. Victor Paillard & Romain 1
  74. Vion, François 1
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