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Renowned clock dealer, Howard Walwyn will be hosting a specialist selling exhibition at his London gallery this summer, inviting visitors to view his exceptional collection of 17th and 18th century horological rarities.

Jacques Hory, Paris - 17th century 'Religieuse' timepiece

Jacques Hory, Paris. 'Religieuse' wall piece, Circa 1690. Price: £22,500

Lanterns and Taverns: Clocks for the Wall and Hall, will provide an exciting opportunity to acquire some of the rarest and most exceptional examples from these two distinctive areas of clockmaking”, Howard Walwyn told Antiques News & Fairs.

Howard will be curating tours throughout the exhibition, keen to share his knowledge and passion for these rare clocks; “These clocks have a fascinating history, a number of them are over 300 years old and even the more recent examples are comparatively rare today. The exhibition will have timepieces ranging in price from £3,000 to £135,000. Not everyone is aware that clocks are exempt from Capital Gains Tax – like vintage cars, they are classified as achines, so they have the potential to be a good, long term tax free investment!”

The first part of the exhibition will focus on Lantern Clocks.  First made in the early 1600's until the late 18th century, these were the first weight-driven domestic wall clocks made in England.

The second part will include a collection of Tavern Clocks, which Howard describes as a 'uniquely British phenomenon'.  Those on show will range from the earliest examples, made circa 1725, to later mahogany examples made circa 1820.  These pieces were designed as timekeepers for use in public places such as Coaching Inns, churches and, of course, taverns.  Once the bane of the tavern drinker, they are now much sought-after timepieces!

Howard's talks will take place each day at 2pm, with the exception of Sunday, when the gallery is closed.

Howard Walwyn's love of English clocks began in his teens when he bought a country made longcase for a few pounds on his way to school.  He has devoted the last 30 years to buying and selling clocks, trading in London's Kensington Church Street for 20 of those years.  Since 2002, he has been a Freeman of the Clockmakers company and has exhibited and served on clock vetting committees at major international arts and antiques fairs in London and the USA.  He is also a member of the three major antiques trade associations: BADA, CINOA and LAPADA.

There will also be talks from visiting speakers, Martin Gatto and Dr Paul Dean.

Martin Gatto is the author of the only book devoted to the history of the tavern clock, and has amassed the largest archive on Wall and Tavern clocks in over 30 years as a collector.

Dr Paul Dean has taught English Literature for over 36 years, and now applies his knowledge and learned skills in the form of guest lectures at the universities of York, Cambridge and Jyvaskyla (Finland).  His essays and reviews have also appeared in many English, European and American publications.

  • - Saturday 18 June at 2.00pm - Martin Gatto; 'The Tavern Clock 1720-1830.  AA uniquely British Timepiece'.
  • - Tuesday 21 June at 7.00pm - Dr Paul Dean; 'Saloon Bards' (an evening of poetry and prose by Shakespeare, Keats, Yeats and more).

Tickets to the exhibition are FREE, but must be booked in advance, either by phoning the gallery on 020 7938 1100, or by email:


Exhibition Date: Tuesday 14 - Thursday 23 June 2016

Location: 123 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 7LP

The Sutton Court Great Chamber Clock

The Sutton Court Great Chamber Clock, 1672. Price: £135,000

South German/Swiss iron chamber clock, 1607

An early South German/Swiss iron chamber clock, 1607. Price: £38,000.

John Thornton of Sudbury, 18th century striking lantern clock

John Thornton of Sudbury, 18th century striking lantern clock, circa 1760.  Price: £4,900.

The exhibition will transfer to Summer Olympia Art & Antiques Fair, running from Monday 27 June until Sunday 3 July 2016.