A Napoleon III Gilt Bronze 8 day French mantel clock, depicting two reclining classical Greco-Roman robed female figures with floral headdress, flanking a circular bronze dial face 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 count-wheel bell strikes on the hour and half hour.
Henri Picard, celebrated fondeur and doreur recorded at 6, rue Jarente in 1831, and moved to 10, rue de la Perle in 1839 where he remained until 1864. During that time, Picard supplied objects for Emperor Napoleon III's apartments at the Louvre. Many of these objects are still on display at the the Musée du Louvre in Paris. 


Raingo Frères, internationally renowned clockmaker with origins lying with father Zacharie Joseph Raingo (1775 – 1847), a Belgian born clockmaker. Zacharie Joseph Raingo specialized in creating astronomical clocks. One of these creations, a planetary pendulum clock made in 1824, was purchased by King George IV of England and is now housed in Windsor Castle. Zacharie Joseph Raingo had four sons, Adolphe, Charles, Denis and Dorsant and together they formed Raingo Frères in 1823. The the firm supplied several clocks and bronzes to Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Empress Eugenie, which now form part of the collection at the Musée du Louvre. Such commissions enhanced the reputation of Raingo Frères, which became internationally recognized for the very fine quality of their bronzes and gilding. As the reputation of the firm grew, they collaborated with other famed makers of the times including Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, Auguste Moreau and François Linke. The firm exhibited at the most important Exhibitions of the second half of the 19th century, winning a gold award at the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris. 


Place of Origin - Paris, France

Period - Circa 1860

Style - Napoleon III

Creator - Henri Picard and Raingo Freres

Dimensions  - (15.5 in.Hx23 in.Wx6.5 in.D)
Condition - Excellent, wear consistent with age and use. 

Napoleon III Henri Picard Gold Bronze Figural Mantel Clock, Paris, 1860

SKU: C101000

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