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Ref: CK - 13

Clockmaker/By : Watkin Owen of Llanrwst (Wales).

Duration : 8 day.

Circa : 1780.

Height : 88.5 inches excl finials.

Case :
Welsh oak and of Welsh design and structure.
Swan neck with wooden paterae, wedge shaped central finial column and side finials.
Elaborate fretwork inset below each Swan neck and repeated above trunk door and below trunk columns.
Reeded pillars to hood and half reeded columns to rear of hood with matching quartered columns to trunk sides.
Long trunk door with wavy top.
Canted corners to base and with applied panel to base.
Bracket feet.
Width at widest point 25.0 ins (hood).

Dial :
Brass arched dial 13" x 18.5" with rolling moons against night sky with stars and shooting stars.
Arch rim bears legend 'He appointed the Moon for Seasons'.
Garland style engraving to dial centre around winding holes and engraved maker's name.
Silvered chapter ring with half hour markers and Roman numerals.
Rope style brass spandrels.
Matching steel hour and minute hands.
Salt box date aperture.
Roman numerals.

Maker :
Watkin Owen was a member of a very prominent clock making and watch assembling family in the second half of the 18th century. Watkin's brother John was also an eminent maker and examples of their work and that of their brother William have survived in good numbers.

According to the National Museum of Wales, the Owens were probably the most productive family in this field in the whole of Wales up to the middle of the 19th century.

Watkin Owen has three watches in the National Museum of Wales.

Price : SOLD

Guarantee : 12 months.

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Watkin Owen of Llanrwst (Wales).


 

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