Lot 281

CHIMNEY GARNITURE with the "SONGE OF LOVE" in chased and gilded bronze attributed to RAINGO Frères and PICARD The HANGING represents a young woman lying down and dressed in the ancient style, who has taken off her wedding ring and looks at her dreamily. She is leaning on a flowered mound closing the movement. It surrounds a round dial, enamelled in white, indicating the hours in Roman numerals and the minutes in Arabic numerals signed "Raingo Fres / à Paris". The oblong-shaped base is richly decorated with foliated scrolls and flowers, a frieze of gadroons and ribboned rushes. The pair of Candelabra with eight leafy light arms depicts love. One, with its index finger raised and armed with a club, invites the young woman to be cautious; while the second, armed with a pair of scissors, is preparing, resignedly, to cut off a wing... They rest on square bases decorated in a similar way to the clock. Mid 19th century. Attributed to RAINGO Frères and Henri PICARD (active in Paris from 1831 to 1864). Clock: Height 45, Length 69, Depth 21.5 cm. Candelabra: Height 76, Width 42, Depth 22 cm. (one arm broken and restored) Provenance: Château du Dauphiné. Clock and candelabras of the Dream of the Guilty Love, gilded bronze by the brothers Raingo and Henri Picard, in the middle of the 19th century. Comparable works: - clock: Christie's London, September 30, 2008, no. 656; - candelabras: Sarasota Estate Auction, Florida, July 30, 2016, no. 96; for prudent love: Christie's New York, April 20-21, 2005, no. 566 and Sotheby's New York, October 22, 2008, no. 146. This set was born from the association of two suppliers to the court of Napoleon III: the Raingo brothers for watchmaking and the gilder founder Henri Picard. The latter was active, from 1831 to 1839, at 6 rue de Jarente; then, from 1840 to 1864, at 10 rue de la Perle. He took part in the reunion of the Tuileries and the Louvre, where he gilded Napoleon III's Petits Appartements. Raingo Frères was founded in Paris in 1823 at 8 rue de Touraine by the four sons of Zacharie Raingo, watchmaker-mechanic of the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne. It won the bronze medal at the 1844 Exhibition of Products of French Industry, including "a clock, Poetry and Eloquence, with children's candelabra. "The newspaper l'Illustration noted in 1847 that she was "one of the first [houses] in Paris (...) by the merit of her products. "Working according to the Antiquity, but also with Pradier, Moreau, Carrier-Belleuse or Linke, she creates, from 1860, remarkable pieces for the Emperor and Empress Eugenie.