Napoleon III Gilt Bronze Figural Mantle Clock
An 8 day French mantle clock, depicting two classical figures holding floral garlands flanking the circular bronze dial with enamel Roman numeral chapters, surmounted by a flowering urn. The case is stamped H. Picard (Henri Picard Paris, 1840-1890), the works stamped Raingo Freres Paris. The countwheel strike sounds the hours and half hours on a bell.
Last quarter 19th century (23”w, 6 ½”d, 15 ½”h)
La Maison Raingo Frères, founded in 1813, was located in 1830 at 8 rue de Touraine.in Paris. First recognized as clockmakers, the four Raingo Brothers added art and furniture bronzes in their catalogues in 1841. In 1860, this “Maison”, furnished bronzes for Napoleon III and his wife Eugenia Empress.
Picard, founder and gilder, he worked in Paris from 1831 to 1884, notably for the Emperor Napoleon III. He is listed as bronze maker and gilder in the National Archives because of his participation to the jointure of the Tuilerie and the Louvre from 1853 to 1865. The “Musée du Louvre” has a pair of twelve gilt-bronze lights candelabras by Picard.
Henri Picard, Freres company was founded in La Chaux de Fonds Switzerland in 1857 and is still in business today.