The dial is porcelain enamel on copper with a separate minute ring and beautifully cut original hands and convex glass.
The French movement is of Japy Frères usual excellent quality. It is in excellent clean and running condition having been fully overhauled by our clockmaker. Pendulum is original. It runs for 8 days and strikes the hours and halves on a bell. Click the video below to hear the bell and watch the clock running.
The dial of this clock is signed for the famous Parisian maker Raingo Frères with the mark repeated on the the movement backplate. The movement's serial number is also repeated on the case and the pendulum. Also on the movement back plate is the mark for the clockmaker - Japy Frères
The origins of the company Raingo Frères lie with Zacharie Joseph Raingo (1775-1847), a clockmaker, who was born in Belgium in 1775. 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 firm initially specialized in producing "Empire" and "Restauration" style clocks, manufacturing mantel clocks, table clocks, and wall-mounted clocks. By the mid-19th century, Raingo Frères had expanded the range of their output into other bronzes and furnishings. In the 1860s, 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.
Condition of the case is
excellent, beautifully clean and bright with some
wear and discolouration. The dial is also in excellent
condition just faint hairline near the '55'. The bottom finial is not perfectly
straight but appears to have always been like that.
Complete with pendulum, bell and a suitable key. Full setting up instructions supplied if required.
About us - All of our clocks are original antiques, we source most of our clocks in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. We prefer to buy our clocks in original 'dirty' condition. We then clean the cases using a technique we have developed over many years. We employ two qualified clockmakers who overhaul the movements. Movements are thoroughly tested until we are satisfied that they will run trouble free.
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