The antique mantel clocks that were used to decorate homes and other interiors offer a fascinating glimpse into the way people lived. They bear intimate witness to the ways of life and fashions of former times. The collection of rare and high quality antique clocks offered for sale by La Pendulerie – whether they are french empire clocks, antique marble mantel clocks, wall clocks or antique cartel clocks, longcase clocks, or pendulum clocks – will delight collectors, connoisseurs, and professionals alike.
Their appeal is due to many factors: their incomparable esthetic quality – sculpting, chasing, gilding, patina, and burnished and matte finishes – to their complex and ingenious high-precision movements, or to the quintessential manner in which they embody the decorative trends of their respective periods.
Paris was one of the most important centers of horological creation, and the city’s most renowned clockmakers always called on the finest sculptors, chasers, gilders, bronze casters, cabinetmakers, and enamellers for the cases, ornaments, dials, and cartouches that adorned their clocks, indicating the wealth of additional information that they offered, and enhancing their esthetic and decorative appeal.