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The French Marble Clock: A Guide for Buyers, Collectors and Restorers with Hints on Dating and a List of Makers Hardcover – November 30, 1998

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About the Author

Nicolas M. Thorpe was introduced to antiques as a schoolboy. In later years, unhappy about the lack of published information available, he decided to write a book that would provide both the specialist and collector with a definitive book on the subject.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale; 1st edition (November 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071980230X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719802300
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,967,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How many times have you seen one of those big old French marble clocks for sale at auction or in a shop? Were you intrigued by the craftsmanship, curious about the history, or just impressed by the size? Wonder no more, now that Nicolas Thorpe has written this useful guide to these relics of a past age.
These clocks were made during the 1830 to 1930 period, and they fall into my definition of an investment antique. They were expensive when new, still useful, and won't be made again. Yet they seem undervalued in the market. Thorpe discusses the aesthetic, historical, and practical aspects of these behemoths. Much of the book is a simple, practical course in cleaning and restoring these cases and movements. It is directed at the LAYMAN, not the expert. If you have never repaired a clock, if you are reasonably handy you can follow Thorpe's directions and do it right.
Even if you only own one French marble clock, you should have this book. Whether it's a petite boudoir timepiece or a fireplace mantel juggernaut, your understanding and enjoyment will be enhanced by this book.
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This seems to be the only English-language recent book available about these clocks. While it's somewhat limited in scope, it does provide a usable history of these clocks and some of their more prominent makers. The book also contains a lot of useful advice on repairing these and other, similar clocks. The illustrations are very nice. My only real disappointment was that very few movement-makers are listed, so the book doesn't help much in researching specific clocks not made by the few most prolific makers.
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By Lulu on September 26, 2014
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Informative book. Great tips and written clearly and concisely.
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