COT­TAGE FUR­NI­TURE BA­SICS: SWEDISH DE­LIGHTS: THE MORA

Make a room re­fined with this iconic Swedish clock.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY CAITLAN RAGAN

Bring chic, so­phis­ti­cated time­keep­ing to your cot­tage with the iconic Swedish Mora clock.

The in­trigu­ing his­tory and sil­hou­ette of the Mora clock comes

from hum­ble begin­nings in 18th-cen­tury Swe­den, but to­day they are icons of chic and so­phis­ti­cated cot­tage style.

When the farm­ers of the town of Mora in cen­tral Swe­den found the land’s poor agri­cul­tural con­di­tions just too much to over­come, many turned to tra­di­tional crafts to sup­ple­ment their in­come. Krång An­ders An­der­s­son is cred­ited with be­ing the first maker and the in­ven­tor of the Mora clock’s dis­tinc­tive curved shape—a sim­pli­fied ver­sion of Ro­coco styles that were pop­u­lar in the late 18th cen­tury. Soon other farm­ers and their fam­i­lies were form­ing an assem­bly line of sorts, with each fam­ily spe­cial­iz­ing in a cer­tain clock part or hand paint­ing em­bel­lish­ments, un­til the whole town was known for pro­duc­ing the clocks.

Be­cause these new ar­ti­sans were more ac­cus­tomed to till­ing fields than carv­ing wood, the sim­plis­tic lines of a stan­dard Mora clock’s frame have few hand-carved flour­ishes or bevels.

To­day the unique shape and one-of-a-kind clock case de­signs at­tract col­lec­tors and dec­o­ra­tors alike; a Mora clock is usu­ally the first piece peo­ple col­lect when hunt­ing for Swedish an­tiques. Ready to get the look in your own space? Check out these finds in a range of styles and price points.

1. Tor­rance an­tique gray floor clock, $1,499. Visit cole­man­fur­ni­ture.com.

2. 1780 Swedish metal Mora clock, $1,495. Visit restora­tionhard­ware.com.

3. Howard Miller An­gelina floor clock, $1,499. Visit houzz.com.

4. Wooden Mora Clock 55, $900. Visit gus­ta­vian.com for more.

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