French 19th Century Louis XVI St. Rouge Griotte Marble And Ormolu Clock By Raingo Frères, Paris
Item # 6198
A magnificent French 19th century Louis XVI st. Rouge Griotte marble and ormolu clock by Raingo Frères, Paris. At the base are stunning ormolu mounts of rosettes and scrolled foliate, at the front and sides. The fluted marble body has a thick laurel wreath border and stunning draped foliate ormolu mounts. Centered above is the superb enamel dial within a chased ormolu case. At the top is an impressive Rouge Griotte urn decorated with ormolu bands and swaging foliate garlands, topped with a berried finial.
Zacharie Joseph Raingo (1775- 1839), Son of watchmaker Nicolas Raingo, was a renowned clockmaker and bronzier, and founded Raingo Frères in 1813 Paris, with his three brothers.
Raingo Frères was named the "Horloger-Mécanicien" by the Duke of Orleans and "Horloger -Mécanicien du Garde-Meuble de la Couronne" (Supplier of the King of France) in 1824. King George IV of England was also a collector.
Known for the quality of their ormolu, Raingo Frères had furnished bronzes and garniture for Emperor Napoleon III and the Empress Eugenia, now at The Louvre Museum in Paris.
Raingo Frères exhibited at the World's Fairs in Paris from 1884 to 1889, and won prizes at all of them, including a gold medal in 1889. In 1862 they also exhibited at the Universal Exhibition in London.