Lot 74
  • 74

An ormolu and amboyna orrery clock attributed to Raingo, Paris, circa 1830

80,000 - 120,000 GBP
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  • Ivory, Amboyna, mahogany, bronze, brass, steel, glass
  • 81cm. 32in. high overall
3¾-inch gilt engine-turned dial with milled bezel, double ended hand for concentric day and planetary symbol, bell striking movement with anchor escapement and front-mounted gridiron pendulum, the going train with indirect drive from the clock movement to the Orerry, or manually by means of a crank key with ivory handle, the sun at the center flanked by two horizontal silvered dials for the four year cycle and the lunar date, the earth and the moon mounted above the lunar dial, the terrestrial globe surmounted by a 2x12 hours ring, the Orrery train with separately wound spring barrel for assisting the drive, the whole revolving against a silvered annual ring calibrated with the Gregorian calendar on the inner ring and the Revolutionary calendar from 1-30 for each month on the outer ring,  the circular temple case with ormolu signs of the zodiac correctly positioned around the annual calendar, the upper section supported by four pillars rising from the circular base; together with a mahogany stand and a damaged glass dome

Catalogue Note

Zacharie Raingo (1775-1847) is chiefly remembered for a series of fine Orrery clocks. It seems that he first made a clock of this type in 1810, possibly in collaboration with Antide Janvier. He applied for a patent for his system for displaying the movement of globes in 1815 and published it in 1823, under the title 'Description d'une Pendule à Sphere Mouvante'.

Clockwork models of the solar system are known as 'Orrerys' after Charles Boyle, Fourth Earl of Orrery (1676- 1731) for whom one was made. 

A Raingo Orrery clock is in the British Royal Collection and was purchased by King George IV in 1824. See Jagger, Royal Clocks, pp. 168-170.