This time of year I’m especially mindful of our mantle, in part because we spend more time indoors due to cooler weather and because most evenings we have a fire in the grate. Our fireplace is wood burning and I enjoy it. Mr. B. says I’ve mastered setting a good fire. It’s the simple rule of 3 logs positioned just so, and some wadded up newspaper under the grate. It seems to never fail.
Please note, this is a “keepin’ it real” photo. Mr. B tried to move out of the picture (note the legs on the right) and I failed to move the log carrier and newspaper before snapping the camera.
But I digress, the subject of this post is the mantle clock. It seems to be less popular than in the day where most homes with fireplaces had a good clock, usually centered on the mantle. My mantle clock was a gift from a group of friends and purchased in Prescott, Arizona. My grandmother lived in Prescott during her retirement years and in town there are a few blocks of antique stores. I love the clock, in part because it always reminds me of those visits with my grandma.
Here we were this past Christmas, dressed for the holiday, the mantle clock is always there.
In this stately, more formal room [below], you’d expect a slightly larger mantle clock. I imagine the small clock is some kind of wonderful antique, and up close is beautifully detailed.
This might be an example of a noteworthy, but small, clock to place in a position of prominence on the mantle. Don’t you love the detailing on this clock?
An outstanding room designed by the talented Albert Hadley. I love this room. I imagine the clock was chosen for its size so that the portrait would be the focus.
Mirrors are popular and often found where the mantle clock used to be. I do love the clean lines of this display.
I have always loved the gentleman’s English library and the mantle clock seems fitting in this setting.
Surprise! This is actually a shelf, made to look like its a mantle over a fireplace. It think it’s a great idea.
Another lovely mantle with a pleasing mixture of items, including the clock arranged off-center. Very pretty.
This room and mantle is a little formal for my taste, but beautiful nonetheless. Leave it to Marie Antoinette to have an opulent room such as this!
This is a favorite, not just because of the live greens, dressed for Christmas, but I love the clock and the old mirror it sits in front of. The wall sconces are simple and the black framed clock stands out.
Not to stray off topic again, but seriously, the reason you can barely see this mantle clock is because clearly, they are featuring this fabulous under mantle and side pillars. I would love to have this piece…and probably the rest of the house that goes with it. :-)
Do you have a fireplace mantle in your home? If so, do you have a clock adorning it?
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