Cartel clock

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An 18th-century Gustavian cartel clock by Jacob Kock, Stockholm

A cartel clock is a cartouche shaped clock designed to hang directly on a wall, very commonly executed in fire-gilt bronze (a.k.a. ormolu). Highly ornate mid-18th-century Rococo examples exist, with flowing, curvilinear designs.

The style originated in France, and was used from c. 1730 and into the 19th century.[1] This type of clock was most prominent during the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI, thus covering both the Rococo and the Classicist eras.

The style was adapted in Austria, Sweden and Switzerland, with the style used for clocks executed in wood and decorated with gold leaf.[2][3]


  1. ^ Ernst von Bassermann-Jordan: Uhren; Ein Handbuch für Sammler und Liebhaber. Richard Carl Schmidt & Co. Berlin 1920; p.46
  2. ^ Viktor Pröstler: Callweys Handbuch der Uhrentypen. Von der Armbanduhr zum Zappler. Callwey München 1994, ISBN 3-7667-1098-2; p. 118
  3. ^ Fritz von Osterhausen: Callweys Uhrenlexikon. München 1999, ISBN 3-7667-1353-1; p.50