Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Palais Royal style musical windmill shaped neсessaire

    Palais Royal style 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.


    Nécessaire with items for needlework with musical movement is in the form of a wind mill. A square pedestal, octagonal reel with the hipped roof is in its center. It supports the swivel part of the mill that is in the form of a house with gable roof. A hole for the winding key is on the pivoting part, under the axis of the windmill. The four wind mill wings have a soldered wire frame covered with fine metal mesh. There is a small window on the left side, a porch with a ladder at the rear side, and two levers at the bottom to activate the mechanism. All surfaces of the wind mill are finished with mother-of-pearl plates in thin metal binding. The plates are decorated with thin engraved floral patterns. A wooden drawer with mother-of-pearl items for needlework – thimbles, pricker, case for needles, small brush, facetted glass scent bottle and others, 12 items totally, is in the pedestal. Cardboard insert plastered with grey velvet with shaped lodgments for each item is inside the drawer. The wind mill stands on four lion-shaped paws feet in the corners. A winding key is in the set.