Antique Continental Comtoise Morbier French Tall Case Clock


An exceptional example of a “Comtoise” or “Morbier” Tall Case clock, this piece features a pine case hand-painted with a faux-grain made to look like light rosewood. The case was then hand-stenciled for additional decoration. The dial and pendulum were created through the repose technique, where brass sheets are hand-hammered or pressed into molds to create the intricate decorative details. Circa 1860

The movements of “Comtoise” or “Morbier” clocks were produced in several small towns in the Jura Mountains within the Comte region of France. They were typically made by mountain herders during the winter months, when they were hunkered down passing the time by creating something they could sell. In the spring, they would come down to the markets with wheelbarrows or carts filled with the movements. The long pendulum shafts would often be collapsible to enable easy delivery. The herder’s clocks were referred to as “A Wag on the Wall”, as they consisted only of the movement, pendulum, weights and key. These elements could be hung on the wall as is, though many owners would commission a local cabinetmaker to build a case around it.

This is a very rare and more intricate example and is a serious statement piece of furniture. Tall by name tall by nature a fabulous adornment to grace a large room . 

Height 240cm Depth 28cm Width 52cm

As a genuine antique /  vintage item there is wear and use commensurate with age.  Some wooden products may have signs of historic woodworm. As a precaution we apply a clear triple action woodworm treatment that also kills wet rot, dry rot and woodworm. Please look at all the images carefully and ask any questions pre purchase as we do not unfortunately offer refunds due to the size and shipping costs of our antiques/items.  All our items are available on line at Search & Rescued and other online stores.