Composed of fifty pieces, different as typology and style, most of the clocks belonging to Peles National Museum collection were purchased by King Carol I, well-known for his punctuality. The collection also includes clocks that belonged to Queen Marie, King Carol II and King Michael I.
The collection contains a wide range of clocks, from the grandfather clocks to console table clocks, fireplace clocks, table clocks, alarm clocks and pocket- size clocks. Most of them have been made in Germany and Austria (over 30 items). This number can be explained by King Carol I’s origin and by the 19th century boom in this field, in the Black Forest mountains region.
Chronologically, the clocks are dated 18th – 20th centuries and they are in German and Italian neo-Renaissance style, German neo-Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassicism, Empire and Art Nouveau style.
A very important segment is constituted by the clocks that belonged to the Royal family members such as the pendulum table clock made in Germany and always kept in King Carol’s office. Having an architectonical shape, decorated with allegorical characters and grotesque masques, made of gilded bronze, the clock is a typical historicist item, oftenly used to decorate the 19th century Neo-Renaissance interiors.
One of the most important clocks is the Philippe Patek pocket clock, ordered for King Carol I, with a gold case engraved with sovereigns cipher ,,E.C” topped by a closed crown and decorated with diamonds and rubies.
The horsewhip with a clock included, early 20th century, also belonged to King Carol I. Made of wood, with a silver plated handle decorated with a royal crown, it contains a small clock made by Patent company.
Another important clock made by the Romanian firm Aron Herscovici is the table clock enclosed in a case, having the shape of a triptych and linked to a very important historical event, the 1930 King Carol II’s come back on the Romanian throne, according to the inscription under the clock face and to the cipher topped by the royal crown.
Made in Romania, in 1936, having the frame and the base of casted chrome and engraved with the inscription ‘’8. XI. 1936 THE 2nd MOUNTAIN TROOPS”, the clock is a gift received by King Michael on his name day and, at the same time, the only one that belonged to the last king. This clock is to be found in Peles National Museum clocks’ collection as well.
Within the collection, an important part is constituted by ten French clocks, one of them being made by the famous companies Samuel Marti, A.D. Maugin and Commun & Manceau from Paris. In the Golden Room of the Peles castle is exhibited an elegant table clock with the mechanism engraved with an inscription in French language ,,Samuel Marti. Medaille d’or. Paris. 1900.” The case represents a mythological character, probably a neoclassicist interpretation of Venus, who is graciously resting upon the clock’s round face.
From the artistic point of view, the fire place clock made by A.D. Mougin firm is one the most elaborated. The case, made of Sèvres bisque porcelain, depicting the Graces, is a 19th century replica of Falconet’s creations.
The table clock located in Pelisor castle, in the King Ferdinand’s bedroom, is part of a table set and it was made by Edmé Samson workshops from Paris. The case made of polychromic ceramics is a classic example of Art Nouveau design, due to its wave-like shape and to the decoration with flowers and birds in green and brown.