French marble clock, Raingo, 1825

Total height 43cm x 21cm x 22cm. A superb French marble clock dating from 1825 by the eminent Raingo Brothers, the leading French makers of these clocks at the time. The clock is made of red marble. The clock is supported with four nice brass feet. On the side of the clock are two lionsheads. The signed and numbered chiming French movement by "Raingo Freres", Paris, chiming the hours and half hours on a bell with original numbered pendulum, the undamaged white dial signed "Raingo Fres Paris ", with black Roman numerals. The clock is internally signed with Picard. Raingo was of French origin and fled (probably for political reasons) to Gand, Belgium circa 1800 and almost certainly remained there for the rest of his life. He is also recorded as being clockmaker to the Duc de Chatres in 1823. The company became Raingo Freres circa 1825 and operated from various Paris addresses. Precious little information has come to light on the clockmaker himself. Raingo made besides clocks also orreries. Most of Raingo's 20-30 surviving orreries just have the basic tellurium on a circular base, the two best known examples of this type are in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle and at the Soane Museum, London.

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