The first Swedish antique piece we purchased was a Mora clock. My partner, Tom, and I discovered one while on holiday in Sweden. We were in the elegant neighborhood of Östermalm, Stockholm, and noticed, in a shop window, a very shapely tall-case clock painted in the palest shade of dove-gray. We fell in love with the clock, and had it (along with a sideboard and secretary) shipped back to DC.
What is a Mora clock? Without getting overly technical, it is a form of a grandfather clock. The ones I love are painted and curvilinear, designed to resemble the female form. Many were made in the town of Mora, Sweden - especially by farmers and their families during the long Nordic winters as a way to supplement income.
2 Mora clocks in my shop.
3 of my former clocks, each with distinctive hood ornament. Left: glazed spy hole. Center: Neoclassical urn finial. Right: stylized headdress.
I wish I had kept this elegant clock which had been hand scraped to almost bare wood. It is next to a Gustavian tea table.
This indigo blue clock is now at a beach house. Hello, old friend!
Top left and below: one of my earliest clocks dating to the Rococo Period (Ca. 1780s).
Above and below: 2 vignettes from my shop - both clocks have sold!
This very rare clock cupboard went to a collector.
Below are photos showing clocks at home. They look lovely in corners, foyers, living rooms, etc.
Above: a tall and narrow clock from Northern Sweden in our living room. Below: this clock in our family room does not have a hood ornament. And, its plinth base is quite exaggerated.
The clock in Michelle's living room has a base drawer and bun feet.
Lastly, the living room from the very famous movie set of Something's Gotta Give. Image via Cote de Texas.