18th.c. Welsh Longcase Clock by Watkin Owen of Llanrwst c.1780.

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 turned columns with gilded terminals.  The body of the clock features a slim door with shaped top, quarter columns and ogee mouldings at the neck and waist. Base with slap on panel and chamfered front corners. Brass faced works with a very elegant engraved and silvered dial with separate chapter ring, seconds dial and date display. Named for Watkin Owen Llanrwst and featuring delicate floral pattern engravings. Brass spandrels at the corners and pierced steel fingers. Eight day works featuring Watkin Owen’s signature fifth pillar below the barrels and striking the hours on a bell.
Excellent condition, sold with a 12 month guarantee. Winder and key supplied.

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.

Details

Dimensions: Dimensions: height 83½”, width 21″, depth 10″.
Year: c.1780.
Price: £2695
Stock Number: n/s.