A beautifully carved and very tall longcase clock with a warm brown patina, with the date 1796 carved on the trunk just below the hood. The ribbing along the sides of the entire clock is a rare feature. The brass and pewter dial is signed "Warnon a Namur". Thirty-hour time and strike movement, wound by means of a pull up chain.
The case in excellent condition, with only a few very minor chips. The ribbing is original and complete.
Note on Belgian clocks: Before 1830, the country now known as Belgium was made up of Flanders and the edges of surrounding countries that fought over the territory for centuries. The wood carvers of this area are well known for their quality work, and much of Europe's finest oak furniture and clocks were produced here. In the 18th century, the major clockmaking cities were Antwerp, Brussels, Mechelen, Liege, and Namur, and each developed their own unique style in form. A majority of the clock cases were installed with 30-hour movements, even those housed in the finest cases, but many high quality eight day movements were also produced. For a brief history of Belgian clocks as well as a helpful pictoral guide, see "French Clocks the World Over", by Tardy, Part Three, chapter XXI, "Belgium", where over 60 Belgian longcase clocks are pictured.
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