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ref. 1735/11

raingo frères

Clockmaker-Founder (1823-?)


Circa 1880

Gilded bronze

Height. : 58 cm (22,8 in.) ; Width. : 27 cm (10,6 in.)

Beautiful group in gilded bronze representing two bacchantes playing the tambourine and dancing, with a child satyr. The bronze is signed Clodion 1762, and Raingo Fres for the founder.


Claude Michel, known as Clodion, is a French sculptor born in 1738, from the Adam dynasty. He joins in 1755 the workshop of his uncle Lambert Sigisbert Adam then becomes the student of Jean-Baptiste Pigalle. He wins in 1759 the sculpture grand prize and leaves to Rome in 1762 until 1771. In 1773, he is accepted by the Academy and receives his first order from the King in 1779 for a statue of Montesquieu. He is known for his mythological groups of dancers, nymphs or bathers in terracotta, and many of his artworks are exposed in museums such as the Louvre, the National Gallery of Art de Washington, or the museum of Fine Arts of Nancy.

The company Raingo Frères, founded in 1823 and installed circa 1830 at 8 rue de la Touraine in Paris was composed y the four sons of the clockmaker Zacharie Joseph Raingo : Adolphe Hubert Joseph, Charles François Victor Denis Lucien and Dorsant Emile Joseph. During the Exhibition of the Industry Products in 1844 in Paris, the company received a bronze medal. First known as clockmakers, the brothers added art and furnishing bronzes to their catalogue. From 1860, the Raingo company created pieces for the Emperor et the Empress, exhibited nowadays in the Louvre. Inspired at first by the Antique, the Raingo brothers then produced small versions of works by contemporary artists such as Auguste Moreau, Pradier or Carrier-Belleuse. At the Universal Exhibitions of Paris in 1867, 1878 and 1889, the won prizes, including the gold medal in 1889.

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