Bracket & Mantel Clocks

The early 19th century saw the emergence of the high quality smaller clock suitable for the mantelpiece or side table. The British favoured the mantel clock with a wood case generally veneered with either mahogany or rosewood, whilst the French preferred more stylish decorative ormolu cases, with enamel dials. Subsequently, the carriage clock, or pendule de voyage, became popular, the case incorporating a carrying handle to assist with portability. The British examples were made in a bespoke manner by the leading London clockmakers. On the Continent, the French in particular, made a name for themselves by producing significant quantities of carriage clocks, the cases often engraved and enriched with porcelain or enamel decorative panels. Raffety strives to find and offer you such examples as they become available.