Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Palais Royal musical windmill shaped neсessaire

    Palais Royal musical windmill shaped neсessaire


    The 1820-1830s

    Bronze, mother-of-pearl, wood, velvet, cardboard, glass, steel; punch work, engraving, gold plating, soldering

    35 х 18.6 х 18.6 cm, 1190 g

    On the key grip "2" in hexagonal frame.


    Necessaire with items for needlework with musical movement is made in the form of a wind mill. A square pedestal, an octagonal drum with a tent roof is in its center. It supports the rotating part of the mill that is in the shape of a house with two-sided roof. A keyhole is on the front of the rotating part, under the axis of the wind mill. Four sweeps made of soldered wire framework are covered with fine metal mesh. A small window is in the left wall; a porch with stairs is on the rear side, two protruding levers for activating the movement are below. All surfaces of the mill are finished with mother-of-pearl plates in thin metal binding. The plates are decorated with thin engraved floral ornament. A wooden drawer with pearl items for needlework – thimbles, pricker, case for needles, small brush, facetted glasss scent bottle and others,12 objects totally, is in the pedestal. A cardboard insert covered with grey velvet with shaped lodgements for each item is inside the drawer. The wind mill is fixed on four feet in the corners that are shaped as a lion paws. A winding key is in the set.