French Porcelian Mantel Clock by Raingo Freres
French Porcelain Mantel Clock by Raingo Freres, Paris
French porcelain mantel clock housed in an arch top case with raised stepped plinth and resting on scroll feet. Outstanding hand painted panel to the front with gilt surround depicting two maidens attending a fatally wounded knight. Beautifully decorated to all sides with flowers, birds and butterfly on a white ground with gilt decorative border to the plinth.
Chased gilded bezel, silvered dial with Roman numerals and original ‘blued’ steel Moonpoise hands signed Raingo Fres, a Paris.
French eight day movement with silk suspension, anchor escapement and outside countwheel, striking the hours and halves on a silvered bell. The backplate signed Raingo Fres, a Paris and numbered 301. C.1850
Raingo Freres worked from Rue Vielle Du Temple c.1829, also from Rue De Saintonge between 1840 to 1850. The company continued trading in Paris until the early 1900’s.
Sorce: Dictionnaire Des Horlogers Francais, Tardy.
Raingo Freres began with Zacharie Joseph Raingo ( 1775-1847) a clockmaker born in Belgium in 1775. He specialised in creating astronomical clocks. One of these creations made in 1824 was purchased by King George IV of England and is now housed at Windsor Castle.
The firm Raingo Freres ( incorporating his four sons) began in 1823. They specialised in producing Empire clocks, manufacturing Mantel, Table and Wall mounted clocks.
In the 1860’s the firm supplied several clocks to Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Empress Eugenie which are now in the collection at the Musee Du Louvre.
They became internationally recognised for the quality of their work and exhibited at the most important exhibitions winning a gold medal at the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris