Antique Clock Consignment
Are you looking to part with an acquired or inherited table clock, mantel clock, wall clock, grandfather clock or longcase clock? Antique treasures such as American, English, and French timepieces from the 16th to the 19th centuries are particularly coveted by collectors and museums. Whether you have a French Directoire clock or an American Chippendale mahogany tall case clock, Sotheby's can help you sell your clock for the highest price through our international auctions.
Sotheby’s offers a vast range of mechanical clocks from their earliest beginnings of clockmaking into the present day. American, English, and Continental clocks from the finest makers are highly sought-after items, such as clocks by Aaron Willard, Edward East, Joseph Knibb, Thomas Tompion, Lepaute, and the Vulliamy family. Occasionally, the department offers rare or unusual clocks from the 20th century as well.
Clocks are sold in London, New York, Hong Kong and Paris throughout the year in both live and online sales. To learn about the value of your clock, simply submit images and information to Sotheby's through our easy-to-use and confidential online estimate form. Our specialists will review your submission and will contact you with information regarding your clock and its sale potential.The Anatomy of the Tiffany & Co. Clock Made for the World's Columbian ExpositionLaunch Slideshow
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Clocks Consigned with Sotheby's
20LotA CHINESE ORMOLU, ENAMEL AND PASTE-SET MUSICAL AUTOMATON CLOCK, GUANGZHOU WORKSHOPS, QIANLONG PERIOD, CIRCA 1790 |a chinese ormolu, enamel and paste-set musical automaton clock, guangzhou workshops, qianlong period, circa 1790 |3 July 2019 | Sale Price 1,215,000 GBPEstimate 600,000 – 900,000 GBP3 July 2019 | Sale Price 1,215,000 GBPTreasures3 July 2019 | 5:30 PM BST | London
349LotTHOMAS TOMPION. AN OYSTER AND MARQUETRY MONTH-GOING LONGCASE CLOCK, LONDON, CIRCA 1680, MOVEMENT AND CASE ASSOCIATED |thomas tompion. an oyster and marquetry month-going longcase clock, london, circa 1680, movement and case associated |31 October 2018 | Sale Price 93,750 GBPEstimate 40,000 – 60,000 GBP31 October 2018 | Sale Price 93,750 GBPCollections31 October 2018 | 10:30 AM GMT | London
67LotA LOUIS XVI GILT-BRONZE MANTEL CLOCK, ATTRIBUTED TO FRANÇOIS VION |a louis xvi gilt-bronze mantel clock, attributed to françois vion |27 November 2018 | Sale Price 21,250 EUREstimate 10,000 – 15,000 EUR27 November 2018 | Sale Price 21,250 EURCollections27 November 2018 | 10:30 AM CET | Paris
784LotA GEORGE III REVIVAL GILTWOOD OVERMANTEL MIRROR AND CLOCK AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS JOHNSON, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURYa george iii revival giltwood overmantel mirror and clock after a design by thomas johnson, second half 19th century25 October 2019 | Sale Price 37,500 USDEstimate 10,000 – 15,000 USD25 October 2019 | Sale Price 37,500 USDSTYLE: Furniture, Silver, Ceramics24–25 October 2019 | 2:00 PM EDT | New York
4396LotFine Federal Inlaid and Figured Mahogany Shelf Clock, Works by Aaron Willard, Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1810fine federal inlaid and figured mahogany shelf clock, works by aaron willard, boston, massachusetts, circa 181021 January 2017 | Sale Price 12,500 USDEstimate 10,000 – 15,000 USD21 January 2017 | Sale Price 12,500 USDImportant Americana including Property from the Collection of Joan Oestreich Kend20–21 January 2017 | 2:00 PM EST | New York
956LotExceptional Federal Cherrywood Tall Case Seven-Tune Musical Clock, Martin Cheney, Windsor, Vermont, Circa 1809exceptional federal cherrywood tall case seven-tune musical clock, martin cheney, windsor, vermont, circa 180921 January 2018 | Sale Price 87,500 USDEstimate 80,000 – 120,000 USD21 January 2018 | Sale Price 87,500 USDImportant Americana18–21 January 2018 | 10:00 AM EST | New York
708LotA LOUIS XIV GILT BRONZE-MOUNTED BOULLE MARQUETRY MANTEL CLOCKa louis xiv gilt bronze-mounted boulle marquetry mantel clock25 October 2019 | Sale Price 2,750 USDEstimate 4,000 – 6,000 USD25 October 2019 | Sale Price 2,750 USDSTYLE: Furniture, Silver, Ceramics24–25 October 2019 | 2:00 PM EDT | New York
1136LotImportant Chippendale Carved and Figured Mahogany Tall Case Clock, works by Thomas Harland (1735-1807), Norwich, Connecticut, Circa 1780important chippendale carved and figured mahogany tall case clock, works by thomas harland (1735-1807), norwich, connecticut, circa 178021 January 2018 | Sale Price 56,250 USDEstimate 50,000 – 80,000 USD21 January 2018 | Sale Price 56,250 USDImportant Americana18–21 January 2018 | 10:00 AM EST | New York
109LotA REGILT-BRONZE CARTEL CLOCK, LOUIS XV, THE DIAL SIGNED VANDER CRUSE / LE JEUNE/ APARIS, CIRCA 1740 |a regilt-bronze cartel clock, louis xv, the dial signed vander cruse / le jeune/ aparis, circa 1740 |11 April 2018 | Sale Price 9,375 EUREstimate 10,000 – 15,000 EUR11 April 2018 | Sale Price 9,375 EURImportant Mobilier, Sculptures et Objets d'art11 April 2018 | 10:30 AM CEST | Paris
424LotBREGUET NO.2519. A BURR ELM REPEATING GRANDE SONNERIE CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH ALARM, PARIS, CIRCA 1810 |breguet no.2519. a burr elm repeating grande sonnerie carriage clock with alarm, paris, circa 1810 |31 October 2018 | Sale Price 35,000 GBPEstimate 30,000 – 50,000 GBP31 October 2018 | Sale Price 35,000 GBPCollections31 October 2018 | 10:30 AM GMT | London
376LotA GEORGE I WALNUT MARQUETRY MONTH-GOING LONGCASE CLOCK, CHARLES CLAY, LONDON, CIRCA 1720 |a george i walnut marquetry month-going longcase clock, charles clay, london, circa 1720 |31 October 2018 | Sale Price 15,000 GBPEstimate 8,000 – 12,000 GBP31 October 2018 | Sale Price 15,000 GBPCollections31 October 2018 | 10:30 AM GMT | London
29LotA FRENCH RESTAURATION GILT-BRONZE AND TORTOISESHELL AND BRASS BOULLE MARQUETRY BRACKET CLOCK AND BAROMETER, CIRCA 1830 |a french restauration gilt-bronze and tortoiseshell and brass boulle marquetry bracket clock and barometer, circa 1830 |27 November 2018 | Sale Price 25,000 EUREstimate 20,000 – 30,000 EUR27 November 2018 | Sale Price 25,000 EURCollections27 November 2018 | 10:30 AM CET | Paris
Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the best time to sell an antique clock at auction?Sotheby's clock auctions, which are held both online and live, continually attract collectors and new buyers from around the world. Whenever you are ready to sell your clock, Sotheby's has a sale for you.
- Why should I sell my antique tall case or mantel clock with Sotheby's?Sotheby’s auctions are followed by an international audience that includes top galleries, dealers and private collectors. When you sell an antique clock in a Sotheby’s auction, you gain exposure to a large and competitive group of global buyers who compete to purchase fine timepieces for the highest price.
Our specialists have decades of experience and are connected to the top buyers in the market. If your clock is a good fit for one of our auctions, your dedicated specialist will help you through the consignment and shipping process to make it a seamless and enjoyable selling experience.
- How much does a Sotheby's appraisal of my antique clock cost?Sotheby's does not perform appraisals but rather we provide auction estimate evaluations. Our auction estimate valuations are complimentary and do not cost you anything. We review all submissions and provide valuations for clocks we believe we can sell at auction. We will inform you if your clock is not a good fit for a Sotheby's auction, and we will do our best to provide you with a recommendation of another venue to sell your timepiece.
- How does Sotheby's determine how much my antique clock is worth?Our specialists have decades of experience in appraising and selling American, European, and English antique clocks and are very familiar with the global market for them. When you submit your antique longcase, wall, or mantel clock for a valuation, our specialists consider its condition, ownership history, country of origin, maker, age, rarity, and its current desirability by collectors.
Sotheby’s is your best resource to buy a clock or sell a clock such as a table clock, mantel clock, tall-case clock, longcase clock, commonly referred to as a grandfather clock, antique clock, vintage clock, mechanical clock, wall clock, desk clock, musical clock, mystery clock, lantern clock, mantle clock, carriage clock, astrological, year-long runner, skeleton clock, barometer, Charles X clock Continental clock, English clock or a French clock from the 14th century - 19th century.