Antique French Decorative Clocks

By |2021-12-07T14:04:10+00:008th October 2021|Blog|

French Empire Ormolu and Marble Striking Mantel Clock

At The Clock Clinic we have a fine selection of Antique French Decorative Clocks, mostly from the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. The featured clocks are, for the most part, from the latter part of the Empire period when the French monarchy was being restored. During this era there was a greater emphasis on the narrative quality of figurative sculpture on clocks. Fine and elaborate enamelled dials became more popular, as well as some wonderful technical innovations.

Napoleon’s desire to have a style inspired by the grandeur of ancient Egypt and imperial Rome was the driving force behind the Empire style. The figurative styles of the clocks were influenced by historic events, such as the clock fourth from the left featuring a Crusader.  It appears that the crusader is looking at a picture of his love, as indicated by the word ‘Amour’ engraved underneath the dial.

Clocks featuring libraries were also popular during this period. The clock on the far left is a fine example of an Empire ormolu clock featuring two children diligently studying in a library, with beautiful details. Without any regard to time, both are sitting in front of a clock. They wear chitons and their dress, hairstyle and bare feet indicate they are from the Ancient Roman era. The one at the left holds the book and follows the text with a finger. The other one on the right seems to read aloud, which we can see by the gestures of the left hand. As with the clock featuring the crusader, this clock doesn’t just tell the time, it also tells a story.

The mahogany mantel clock with the bronze sphinx is a great example of Napoleon’s fascination with Egyptology. The inclusion of sphinxes on furniture and clocks throughout the 1800’s were popular with the French gentry as they celebrated Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt.

The clock on the far right (or the last one if viewing on a phone) is in the 18th Century Rococo style but dates from the late 19th Century. Resurrecting this grand period through clocks, furniture and other design was widely undertaken and created by some of the finest makers of furniture, bronzes and art of this time. This is a beautiful clock with a cast Rococo case with floral mounts, surmounted by a putto holding a sundial. Putti (cherubs, sometimes with wings) represented the omnipresence of God during the Rococo period and were a feature of clocks, furniture and artwork.

To find out more or purchase one of our featured clocks, please click on the image and you will be taken to the individual item.


Featuring the Jaeger LeCoultre Atmos Clock

By |2021-09-16T15:40:33+01:0016th September 2021|Blog|

The Jaeger LeCoultre Atmos Clock

The Atmos clock was created by Jaeger LeCoultre watchmakers in 1928 and still surprises people today because of its inventiveness.

The Atmos is a clock that has no external power source and never needs to be wound by hand.  It isn’t powered by a suspended weight, as most pendulum clocks are, so for those who like clocks which don’t tick or make any noise this is a perfect choice. The Atmos clock gets its power from minute changes in atmospheric temperature, hence its name.  Within a sealed capsule, a mixture of gases expand and contract with each temperature change. This is how the mechanism winds naturally without any human intervention.

With it’s glass case, the Atmos clock’s unique design allows the owner to see the complexity of the machinery from all angles. Perhaps due to its ingenuity and stunning design as well as it not needing to be wound, Jaeger LeCoultre are proud that the Atmos clock has been the official gift of the Swiss Confederation for years to Presidents, Prime Ministers, world-renowned artists, and even Popes.

At the Clock Clinic we have a stunning Jaeger LeCoultre gilt brass and glass Atmos Clock for sale, signed by Jaeger-LeCoultre, circa 1970. With circular dial and Arabic numerals, the ring-shaped balance appears to float in the air. As with all Atmos clocks, it is silent and never needs winding. This classic clock in its gilded cabinet is a genuine icon of style, it has been fully serviced and comes with a one year guarantee. Shipping within the UK is free and outside of the UK we offer reduced shipping charges.

This clock can be purchased online. Alternatively, if you would like more information about the clock or to find out shipping fees outside the UK, please contact us at or call 0208 788 1407 during normal opening hours.




By |2021-03-11T17:21:24+00:001st March 2021|Blog|

March 2021
We are open for business.  To help with social distancing, we are running an appointment only system, to book an appointment please use our online calendar.
If you are booking an appointment to pick up completed repairs, we kindly ask these are paid for beforehand to minimise the time spent picking up your clock or watch.
If you are interested in purchasing a clock or watch, please browse our online shop. If you have any queries about any of the items listed, feel free to contact us at Please note that shipping is free within UK.
We would like to thank you for your custom as well as your patience and understanding at this time. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Featured Clock: Fine French Empire Striking Clock, Kinable

By |2018-06-25T19:45:55+01:0012th June 2018|Blog|

Description of the clock


History of the clock

This particular clock was created for the French gentry of that time, and was very much in keeping with the style of this era. Clocks during this era were made from fine materials with no expense spared on high quality wood, bronze and enamel.

The rather unexpected inclusion of bronze sphinxes at either side of this clock has a particular explanation.  In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor of France, modelling himself on the Roman emperor Augustus (63 BC – 14 AD) due to his ambition to create a French empire. Both emperors led a major battle in Egypt and images of grand symbols such as sphinxes and obelisks were used for propaganda purposes.

The inclusion of sphinxes celebrated Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt and were thereby popular with the French gentry.  Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign started a new fascination with Egypt and led to the field of Egyptology after signifcant ancient antiquities were discovered.

The clockmaker – Dieudonné Kinable, Palais Royal no 131

The Parisian clockmaker Dieudonné Kinable (1794 – 1830) was based at Palais Royal no 131. Palais Royal at that time was home to many distinguished clockmakers.  Kinable was one of the more celebrated clockmakers of this period, indeed King George IV purchased one of his clocks in 1828 which remained in the Queen’s Royal collection until recently.

Palais Royal – today

Palais Royal is a royal palace which opened in 1639, first home to Cardinal Richelieu and later a childhood home of Louis XIV. The palace and gardens are now open to the public and located opposite the Louvre.


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