Henri Picard (FL. 1831-1884) Mercier Ainé (1863-1867) Raingo Frere Paris
A fine & impressive French gilt & patinated bronze clock in the Louis XVI style after the 18th century form by Robert Osmond. The bronze vase-shaped case in the ‘goût Grec’ manner, flanked by satyr masks with entwined horns, the front and sides hung with swags of garrya, the flared socle on a stepped white marble base. The enamel dial signed ‘Raingo Fres A Paris’, with twin barrel movement with silk suspension and countwheel strike to bell, the backplate numbered ‘1619’. Stamped ‘H.Picard’ and stencilled ‘Mercier Ainé’.
Height 21″ (53.5cm)
Depth 7″ (17.5cm)
Width 10 1/2″ (26.5cm)
1856 the company became Mercier Père et fils, in 1863 Mercier fils aîné, and finally in 1867, Mercier Frères.