The panels to the front and sides, and the urn to the top are delicately painted with flowers. Porcelain is faintly signed to the reverse. The dial porcelain enamel on copper with blue and black lettering. It is complete with its original finely cut gilt hands and is signed for the clockmaker Raingo Frères. The rear bezel is glazed to allow the movement to be seen.
The early French movement is of high quality and has a silk suspension. It is by Raingo Frères and has been fully overhauled and tested by out clockmaker. Pendulum is original. It runs for 8 days and strikes the hours and halves on a bell. Click the video below to hear the bell and watch the clock running.
Condition of the case is excellent, the original gilding is beautifully clean and bright with hardly any wear or discolouration and there are no losses. The porcelain is excellent with no damage and the gilt over-glaze decoration is also excellent with just one small area of loss to the rear of the urn. The dial is also in excellent condition with no damage. The original front glass has a slight chip to the edge.
Zacharie Raingo was apprenticed in Paris in 1790 and went on to establish Raingo Frères in 1813. Initially specialising in precision astronomical clocks and then after 1825 clocks and bronzes. Clients included the Emperor and Empress. 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.
Henri Picard - The important founder and Gilder Henri Picard was based in Paris at 6, rue Jarente from 1831 to 1839, before moving to 10, rue de la Perle. The firm was active until around 1890. Celebrated for the high quality of his production, Henri Picard supplied many important patrons, including garnand table pieces for the petits appartements of Emperor Napoleon III at the Louvre. An important pair of twelve-light candelabra by Picard remain in the Musée du Louvre today.
Complete with pendulum, bell and a suitable key. Full setting up instructions supplied if required.
About us - All of our clocks are original antiques, we source most of our clocks in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. We prefer to buy our clocks in original 'dirty' condition. We then clean the cases using a technique we have developed over many years. We employ two qualified clockmakers who overhaul the movements. Movements are thoroughly tested until we are satisfied that they will run trouble free.
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