French ormolu clock set by Picard and Raingo Freres

By Picard, Henri (French, fl. 1831-1864) | Raingo Frères (French, founded in 1823)


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Bronzier Henri Picard and clockmakers Raingo Freres were among the most popular designers of luxury timepieces in Paris in the mid-19th Century. Together they collaborated on a range of exquisite bronze clocks and clock garnitures.

This fantastic ormolu (gilt-bronze) clock set is a complex, intricate work of bronze making, elaborately decorated with intricate Neoclassical style motifs. The set comprises a central clock with a pair of flanking candelabra. The white enamel clock dial sits in the centre of the case, bearing the signature for 'Raingo Freres / Paris', and is set with Roman numerals. The clock case is decorated with foliate motifs, scrolls, ribbons, and laurel garlands, and is surmounted by a large urn. The urn is stamped 'H. Picard'.

The pair of flanking candelabra are decorated in a similarly elaborate fashion: each has seven lights that emerge from scrolling branches, which rest on a baluster-form urn on a central support, surrounded by three further scrolling supports, on a tri-form plinth base.
The dimensions of the individual pieces are as follows:

Clock: height 64cm, width 46cm, depth 20cm
Candelabra: height 79cm, width 41cm, depth 41cm


Artist / Maker
By Picard, Henri (French, fl. 1831-1864), Raingo Frères (French, founded in 1823)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
19th Century
19th Century
Napoleon III, Neoclassical
Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)


64 cm / 25.2 inches
46 cm / 18.1 inches
20 cm / 7.9 inches


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