COTTAGE FURNITURE BASICS: SWEDISH DELIGHTS: THE MORA
Make a room refined with this iconic Swedish clock.
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.