Friday, December 4, 2009

~the mora clock~

I LOVE THESE CLOCKS!
The Scandinavian floor clock known as the "Mora Clock" started near the town of Mora, in central Sweden in the Province of Dalarna around 1750.
Bad weather and poor soil forced the farmers in the Mora area to look for other ways to
supplement their income. The villagers of this area turned to traditional home crafts, building of wall clocks and tall case clocks. Each family specialized in a certain part: some made the brass clockworks, some painted the faces, while others built or painted the tall case clocks. Just like an assembly line, the workers became very skilled and did excellent work.
At the height of production, more than 90 families were engaged in this trade of hand painted case clocks. Some of these skilled people's names were edged into history; they were commissioned to do their folk
art and case work on trunks, cupboards, wooden sofas and anything else that could be built and decorated.
About 1000 Grandfather/Grandmother/Scandinavian Mora Clocks were built each year for 80 years - this craft flourished and the best of the best were sold to the very wealthy.
Though many were created, unfortunately almost none of this original Swedish folkart is here today. Most have been repainted by less qualified artists since the original "milk paint" has faded.

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~Happy Friday friends~
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
xoxo

12 comments:

Sunshine said...

Lovely!

cityfarmer said...

omg ...I've loved these forever ... someday I must own one ...even a repro ...whatever♥♥♥

Shannon www.OldWorldCharm.info said...

Those Swedish clocks are absolutely gorgeous! No matter how many of them I see I can never get enough. Thanks for this! :-)

Shannon

Linda Q said...

I agree, love love love them.
When I have room one day I want one someplace.
Linda

Vintage Junky said...

I WILL have one one day... I have lusted after them for many, many years!!

Smiles~ Michelle

Naomi said...

Beautiful. I love that last image with the grouping of clocks. Looks like a group of curvaceous ladies!

Shana said...

These have always been my favorite!! Thanks for the history of them... I didn't know all that much about these beautiful clocks! :)

Jeanneoli said...

I have been dreaming of a clock like that....for years.

Fearless Nester said...

Loved reading the history of these wonderful treasures. It would be hard to say which one is more beautiful...I adore each and every one of them!

Sarah said...

Someday, I will own one of these lovelies. I just cannot wait!
Thanks for posting some history on these beautiful clocks.

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