A Louis XV style gilt bronze figural mantel clock Henri Picard and Raingo Freres fourth quarter 19th century
The case with three amorini among reeds, the enamel dial inscribed Raingo Fres, Paris, the movement stamped RAINGO FRERES / Paris, the case stamped H. PICARD, the case and movement each numbered 659. height 28in (71cm)
Henri Picard was recorded to be living at 6 rue Jarente in 1831 and moved to 10 rue de la Perle in 1839. He worked for the firm Defreville and collaborated with contemporary designers such as Charles Perrault and Grault, supplying Emperor Napoleon III with decorative objects such as the chimney piece in the State Apartment in the Louvre.
Raingo Freres was established in 1813, and was active throughout the 19th century. Originally clockmakers, from the 1840s they also began editing art bronzes and bronze furnishings, which they continued to do with success throughout the second half of the 19th century. They supplied objects for Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie, and cast bronzes for such artists as Pradier, Carrier-Belleuse and Auguste Moreau.
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