At the Sign of the Dial: Rare English Clocks by Great Makers

Antiquarian clock specialist Howard Walwyn celebrates 25 years of business in Kensington Church Street with a seminal selling exhibition of fine and rare clocks by some of the best English makers.

Many date from the Golden Age of English horology, 1660 to 1720, when timepieces became much more accurate thanks to the introduction of the pendulum to both table and longcase clocks after 1660. The fashion and passion among the aristocracy and the well-to-do for these new hi-tech mechanisms reached its zenith at this time.

Highlights include a rare small early walnut veneered longcase clock with architectural pediment by James Clowes dating from circa 1670 and three clocks by Thomas Tompion, the greatest of the Golden Age makers, who worked for four reigning monarchs: Charles II, James II, William & Mary and Queen Anne.

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