Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Antique Swedish Mora Clocks

I have been just dying for an antique Swedish Mora clock since I first laid eyes on one years ago.  I know they are trendy right now, but that's okay.  They were trendy in the 1790s, too!
Antique Swedish Mora Clocks - Peonies & Orange Blossoms

Mora clocks were made in Mora, Sweden when the town came onto hard times.

Mora Clocks are often marked with the inscription "A A S Mora".  These are the initials from Krang Anders Andersson (1727-1799) from Oestnor.  He is traditionally known as the first clock maker in the town of Mora.  (A A S = Anders Anders Son).  AAS initials appeared on clocks in 1792.

Each area in the province of Darlana produced a different part of the clock.  The clocks were initially sold without a case, then buyer would then ask various locals to make a case.  That is why there is so much variety in these clocks!
Antique Swedish Mora Clocks
Antique Mora clocks

Eventually however, the "Moraklockor" grew out of fashion.  A published manuscript from 1878 quotes, "In Mora clocks are being produced, but they are very old-fashioned models which cannot be compared to the more tasteful clocks which are being imported from North America and Germany".  HA! The clocks were produced for about 80 years and then fell out of style.

There are a few different types, all of which are usually made from local pine but sometimes oak.

Fryksdall: They have a pinched in waist, wide belly, and curly scroll.  These ones are most appealing to me. They are often painted in whites, cremes, and greys.

Bridal: These clocks are the most unusual and most expensive; they have fine carvings and paintings on them.  Often given to the bride on her wedding day.

Country:  Plainer in appearance with less decoration.  Simple hood crowns, may not have a face glass. They are often painted with folk art or in browns, yellows, and reds.

City: a catch-all phrase for all remaining clocks. These ones are often painted black.

Antique Swedish Bridal Mora Clocks
a collection of "bridal" mora clocks!
Clocks made in the North of Sweden were thin and tall.
Clocks made in the South of Sweden were fatter with exaggerated curves.
Antique Swedish Mora Clocks in blue hues
Antique Mora clocks in beautiful blues
Mora clocks do come with original paint; however through the years they have been painted and repainted at times.  The original owners would have never had the "chippy" look; they would have had a new very finely painted clock.  The new "chippy" look is all the rage these days with the shabby-chic look.
Antique Swedish Mora Clocks in Chippy shabby chic white!
antique Mora clocks in chipped down to original wood
They come in all shapes and colors... here are some beautiful blues...
Blue Antique Swedish Mora Clocks
Antique Mora Clocks
These ones are more ornate with finer hand painting...
Beautiful Antique Swedish Mora Clocks
Antique Mora Clocks
Antique mora clocks painted black and gold in the chinoiserie style...
Black Antique Swedish Mora Clocks in Chinoiserie style!
Chinoiserie black and gold antique mora clocks
 Beauty in the simplicity of white and grey...
Antique Swedish Mora Clocks in white and grey

Beautifully decorated, highly ornate with fancy crowns and painted bodies, these are bridal clocks:
Antique Bridal Swedish Mora Clocks
ornate bridal Mora clocks
They do come in all shades, I love these pink and green clocks...
Antique Swedish Mora Clocks in Pink and Green
pink and green antique Mora clocks
Want to know why I did all of this research?!
I bought one!! Yes, it is featured somewhere on this page... stay tuned for the reveal... whenever I receive it!

Where to purchase?? Check out all of these fine antique mora clock dealers from which I took the pictures from: GustavianLone Ranger Antiques, Bagatelle Antiques, Cupboards and Roses, A. Tyner Antiques, Eloquence Inc, Raymond Goins, Scandinavian Antiques & Living , M. Naeve, Maison and Co, C'est La Vie

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  1. I also love Mora Clocks however, I can't afford an antique one - it's too expensive. I know they are great but instead the original one I happen to buy a great replica and the price was quite reasonable so now I'm happy with this purchase.
    Greetings from Poland:-)

    1. Your repro clock probably works. The problem with the antiqur ones is most of their clock mechanisms are broken

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    1. Me too!! I love seeing pictures of all of them lined up!

  3. I have never seen these clocks before! They are exquisite in shape and in color! Wow! I would pick one of the blues or creams. You are very blessed to have purchased one! Can't wait to see which one it is!

    1. I love their unusual shape. The variety of color is nice as you can choose which best fits your home decor!

  4. Wow they are something special!
    Shapes are crazy and amazing.
    I hope you will share your post with our Link Up - Idea box:


  5. I have wanted one of these for years also. Someday I hope to have one but for now I will enjoy looking at them. Can't wait to see yours.

  6. These clocks are so pretty! They remind me of the clock in Beauty and the Beast. Thanks for joining HSH!

  7. Fantastic article with lots of good information. We love Mora clocks, too - we think of them as the "old ladies" in our store. We're getting in a new shipment of Swedish antiques next week with two nice examples. Once we have them photographed, you'll be able to see them at Best of luck - Edith


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