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French mid 19th century Louis XVI st. onyx and ormolu clock signed "Raingo Frères, Paris'

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A striking French mid 19th century Louis XVI st. onyx and ormolu clock signed "Raingo Frères, Paris". Raised by rectangular and circular reeded ormolu feet below the impressive rectangular base with rounded corners decorated with ormolu rosettes and rinceau style... — Read More

  • Item # 5739
  • H: 21 in L: 14 in D: 5.5 in

    H: 53 cm L: 36 cm D: 14 cm

  • France
  • 19th Century
  • Louis XVI st. Read More
  • (Louis XVI st.) - Also known as Louis Seize, Louis XVI's style is a style of architecture, furniture, decoration, and art created during Louis XVI’s 19-year reign in France, just before the French Revolution. Thought to be a reaction and juxtaposition to the prior more elaborate styles, Louis XVI style developed at the end of the Baroque Period and continued until the birth of French Neoclassicism. King Louis XVI showed little enthusiasm for the old world styles of the Baroque Period and he sought out a create a new “beau ideal” that focused on the purity and grandeur of Ancient Romans and Greeks. Inspired by Ancient Roman architecture and art, distinct features of the Louis XVI style are linear lines, small repeated motifs, floral medallions hanging from ribbons, acanthus leaves, urns, dolphins, ram, and lion heads, and griffins. Greco-Roman elements, often used in earlier and later French styles, were also quick common and included fluted and twisted columns, Caryathids, and corbels.
  • Zacharie Joseph Raingo Read More
  • 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, examples of which are now in the collection of The Louvre. 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. Raingo Fréres, established in 1813 in Paris, specialized in the high precision clock making during the Empire and the Restoration period. Raingo is associated with many exquisite models of clocks and many of these designs were patented. They frequently worked in partnership with very prestigious cabinetmakers in particular François Linke.
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