Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Music snuffbox

    Music snuffbox

    Switzerland, Geneve

    circa 1810

    Gold, pearl, brass, steel; engraving, polishing, painted enamel, champleve enamel

    8.5 х 5.4 х 2.4 cm, 279 gr

    Rectangular golden snuffbox with rounded corners and a hinged lid. Enamel image of a nude woman laying on the pillows under the tree on the river bank is on the lid. The image is surrounded by rectangular frame of pearls' chain. The lid rim is decorated with punched gold floral ornament on the blue transparent enamel background. The sides are covered with blue transparent enamel on guilloched surface. Punched floral ornament surrounded by thin golden arcs is on the corners. Gold floral ornament on the blue background is framing the perimeter of the bottom side. It surrounds the guilloched field with blue transparent enamel. Keyhole is in the corner.  Movement activating pressed button and a sliding button for tunes changing are on the front side. The movement consists of programe cylinder, sound comb and spring drive that performs two tunes. The snuffbox internal surfaces are mirror-polished. The snuffbox profiled bottom covers the mechanism.