Mechanical Compositions

Musical picture

    Musical picture


    Last quarter of the 20th century

    Wood, metal, fabric (velvet), beads; carving, painting

    70 х 37 х 81 cm, 11 kg


    Musical picture with 12 moving figures depicts a scene at the masquerade ball. It is mounted in wooden rectangular frame, painted gold, decorated with bas-relief onlays with floral ornaments along the perimeter. Two curly metal handles for the movement starting are on the right side of the frame, round handle for activating is between them. Two silk tassels of golden and blue colours are on both sides of the musical picture. Metal rod is fixed on the top surface of the frame; golden onlay in the form of the sun with  masque is on its end, two figures in masques are on the sides, playing a drum doll is on the left hand side; a doll playing a trumpet – on the right hand side. The inner surface of the frame is decorated with a nacreous burgundy silk that symbolizes the curtain. The picture surface is covered with light beige and green paper with the image of a ballroom with curtains, vases, lamps and columns on the sides. The floor is finished with walnut veneer. A chandelier with three dome lamps in the form of flowers with candles, decorated with transparent beads, is in the ceiling. A doll without a masque in golden costume hangs on the chandelier. All dolls are dressed in bright carnival costumes, with painted masques and colourful shoes. When the movement is turned on, the sun moves to the sides, and the figures on both sides are imitating playing musical instruments. The dolls on the stage move their hands. One doll on the foreground peeps out from behind the curtain and hides. At the same time, another doll appears from behind the pillars.