18th.c. Welsh Longcase Clock by Watkin Owen of Llanrwst.

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Late 18th.c. brass faced 8 day longcase clock c.1780 by Watkin Owen of Llanrwst, Wales’ most celebrated clock maker. Excellent Conwy valley oak case, the hood with an architectural ‘broken’ pediment and a pair of turned and reeded columns.  Slim shaped door repeated in the base panel, reeded quarter columns and crisp ogee mouldings at the neck and waist. Brass face with separate chapter ring, seconds dial and date display. Named for Watkin Owen Llanrwst and featuring leaf pattern engravings. Eight day works striking the hours on a bell.
Excellent condition, the works are sold with a 12 month guarantee. The case has been cleaned and polished. Winder and key supplied.
Dimensions: height 83″, width 19½”, depth 10″.

The Owen family of Llanrwst, a small market town in the Conwy valley, are probably the most prolific and best known family of 18th century clockmakers in Wales. Watkin Owen (1755-1809) was aged just 21 when his father, the respected clockmaker John Owen, died. After establishing himself as head of the business, he improved and refined his father’s works, adding a fifth pillar to the movement and producing a remarkable number of clocks of consistently high quality and reliability housed in excellent regional cases. For more information about Watkin Owen you can’t beat the remarkable study of his output which makes up the bulk of Colin and Mary Brown’s book The Clockmakers of Llanrwst.