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By Festeau Le Jeune (French, active 19th/20th Century) | Raingo Frères (French, founded in 1823)
Wrought from gilt bronze and white marble, this mantel clock by Festeau Le Jeune and Raingo Frères is a superb example of late nineteenth century French design.
The clock features a gilt bronze plinth, wrought to resemble a truncated Ionic column draped with garlands and raised on a square base with chamfered corners and scrolling rinceaux and rosette mounts. The gilt bronze plinth supports a large sculptural surmount of a full-length seated putto carved from white marble: the putto sits on a naturalistically rendered integral tree stump, his right leg raised and his left hanging free; he holds gilt bronze drumsticks, which he beats against the drum-form clock case. The marble case is inset with a white enamel dial contained within a gilt bronze bezel and beneath glass. The dial is inscribed with Roman numeral hour indices and is adorned with painted polychrome floral garlands.
The enamel dial is signed 'Festeau le Jeune / A Paris', and the movement is signed 'Raingo Fres / Paris'.
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