A 19th century French figural gilt metal and white marble mantel clock  Raingo Freres, Paris
Lot 465
A 19th century French figural gilt metal and white marble mantel clock Raingo Freres, Paris
Sold for £625 (US$ 1,039) inc. premium
Auction Details
The Chester Sale Chester
6 Dec 2012 11:00 GMT

Auction 20172
Lot Details
A 19th century French figural gilt metal and white marble mantel clock
Raingo Freres, Paris
Having a 4" convex white-enamelled Roman dial inscribed "RAINGO FRES. PARIS" and initialled 'R.A' at 12 o'clock, with trefoil hands; the two-train movement with outside count wheel-chiming on a bell, with 'Raingo Freres Paris' stamp in a roundel on the back plate; the case displaying a neo-classical figure of a lady cradling flowers, with a basket of flowers on a naturalistic breakfront mound, the conforming fluted white marble sarcophagus form base, with gilt jewelled stringing, raised on gilt metal toupie feet, 19" wide x 19.5" high, (48cm x 49.5cm), sold with a later arched glazed inlaid mahogany framed display case, on inlaid base, together with a pendulum and winder 61cm x 25cm x 67cm,(24" x 10" x 26.5") high including case

Footnotes

  • Little is known about the French clockmaker and bronzier Raingo, who almost certainly apprenticed in Paris circa 1790. He moved to Belgium, circa 1800, probably for political reasons, and from the signatures on some of his clocks, it is known that he worked in Gand and Tournay. Later, in 1823, he is recorded as being clockmaker to the duc de Chartres. The company itself became Raingo Frères in 1825 and thereafter clocks bear their signature with various Paris addresses. The firm exhibited at many of the important exhibitions of the second half of the 19th century and was known for the fine quality of its ormolu.

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