Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mora Clocks: Guest Blogger Peonies & Orange Blossoms

Hi Everyone! I'm Angelina from Peonies & Orange Blossoms and Simone loved my post about Antique Swedish Mora Clocks and asked me to feature a Mora Clock post on her lovely blog! I am so excited to be here!!  I love that this blog is all about about antiques... with occasional cow picture thrown in! 

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 Mora clocks

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.
Antique Clocks with the "AAS Mora" on their faces, except the one on the bottom right with the flower pot.

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!

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.
A very unusual mora clock in a museum
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.
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 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 Mora clocks in chipped down to original wood
They come in all shapes and colors... here are some beautiful blues...
Antique Mora Clocks
These ones are more ornate with finer hand painting...
Antique Mora Clocks
Antique mora clocks painted black and gold in the chinoiserie style...
Chinoiserie black and gold antique mora clocks
 Beauty in the simplicity of white and grey...

Beautifully decorated, highly ornate with fancy crowns and painted bodies, these are bridal clocks:
ornate bridal Mora clocks
They do come in all shades, I love these pink and green clocks...
pink and green antique Mora clocks
Buying a mora clock is making a statement piece purchase.  If you are unhappy with the color of the clock you purchased, you could always repaint it to one that matches your room!
Here are some rooms showing how you can incorporate such a lovely piece into your household:
from Swedish Interior Design
from Brown Rigg Interiors
from Lars Bolander, the master of Swedish Style
picture from House Beautiful
picture from House Beautiful
The reason I wrote about these clocks is because I purchased one of my own!!  Check out my blog Peonies & Orange Blossoms to see which one I purchased!!

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Where to purchase?? Check out all of these fine antique mora clock dealers from which I took the pictures from: GustavianLone Ranger AntiquesBagatelle AntiquesCupboards and RosesA. Tyner AntiquesEloquence IncRaymond GoinsScandinavian Antiques & Living M. NaeveMaison and CoC'est La Vie
These pictures are not my own. I put the sources on the pictures. If you own the picture and want to take it down, let me know.


  1. Thanks Angelina for writing a lovely post! Everyone keep an eye out for her blog, she has great baking skills in addition to a great eye for antiques and decorating.

  2. They are each one beautiful! Thank you for assembling so many together in one post. It was so fun looking at all of them. Now I want one!

  3. It's a really great collection that you have been shown here, thank you Angelina for sharing this post.