Black marble pendulum with visible anchor.
There are different views on what may and may not be called a pendulum. At the time of the transition from the seventeenth to the eighteenth century, a type of clock emerged that is certainly not a standing clock. It is a console clock, a table clock with spring excitation, which was placed on a corresponding pendulum. This combination influenced the appearance of many clocks. The pendulum was developed from this style. Some people consider the console clock to be a pendulum clock. There are several types of pendulums, including the French, Austrian and skeleton pendulums. The pendulums have been influenced by many styles in the course of time.
Originally the pendulums owe their existence to the enormous amount of ornaments. This even went so far that the purpose of use became subordinate to the ornament. The external features of pendulums from the Louis XV period are: restlessness, asymmetry, frivolity, the use of all possible materials and many curved lines. Unlike the console clocks with their wooden cases, the conversion of a mantel clock usually consists of cast and ormolu brass. In addition to ormolu, other parts of the mantel clock were also tanned or blackened with mordant fluids.
A table clock is nice for your desk, sideboard or mantelpiece. When you have little space on your walls, a table clock can be very handy. There are different models of table clocks. There are antique table clocks, round, square and playful table clocks.