Kienzle Mantel Clocks
A Kienzle mantel clock is a type of small ornamental clock manufactured by the Germany company Kienzle Uhren GmbH.
History & Description
Established in 1822 in Schwenningen, Kienzle is one of the oldest watchmaking companies in Germany. The company was founded and ran by Johannes Schlenker until 1883 when Jakob Kienzle married into the Schlenker family and the company’s name was changed to Schlenker & Kienzle.
At the end of the nineteenth century, the company produced over 162,000 watches and alarm clocks per annum.
Jakob Kienzle become the sole proprietor of the company in 1897 and opened branches in Milan, London and Paris. The company’s name was changed to Kienzle at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Guide for collectors
Mantel clocks produced by Kienzle are quite uncommon at both national and international auction houses. However, sold items generally sell between $100 and $500.
Additionally, Kienzle mantel clocks are also advertised on online bidding sites, such as eBay. In March 2012, eBay listed over fifty examples of Kienzle mantel clocks. Prices for sold items ranged from $50 to over $600. For example, on March 3rd 20120 an Art Deco Kienzle mantel clock was sold on eBay for $350.
While restoring vintage Kienzle mantel clocks is recommended, collectors or existing owners are urged to go through respected professional restorers to ensure that as much of the item’s original features are retained.
Notable auction sales
On February 3rd 2006 at Flomaton Antique Auction in Flomaton, Alabama, an early-twentieth century mahogany mantel clock, made by Kienzle, realised a price of $300.
On December 5th 2010 at Affiliated Auctions in Tallahassee, Florida, an antique Kienzle mahogany mantel clock realised a price of $250.
On December 7th 2003, an early-twentieth century Kienzle mahogany quarter-chiming mantel clock realised a price of £343 through Christie’s in London.
On August 25th 2010, an early-twentieth century Art Nouveau walnut mantel clock realised a price of £264 through Bonhams in Oxford.