Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Palais Royal style necessaire with musical movement

    Palais Royal style necessaire with musical movement


    Circa 1815

    Gilded bronze, mother-of-pearl, wood, mirror, fabric, ribbon; casting, engraving, chasing, gilding, embroidery

    24.6 х 17.4 х 11.2 cm, 1665 gr

    "MG" on flat spools; "9I" on the movement mounting plate


    Necessaire in multifaceted case with the hinged top lid and handles in the form of adjacent dog heads on the lateral sides, stands on cast metal feet with hooves. The case is decorated by thin gilded bronze embossed bindings and engraved mother-of-pearl inserts. The lid is surmounted by the openwork metal moulding. Keyhole and two musical movement control buttons are on the bottom panel. Mirror, framed by the pink textured braid is fixed on the lid inner side. Clipboard, covered with sand-colored velvet, with curly niches is under the lid. Mother-of-pearl needlework accessories are stored inside: thimble, tiny awl, needle-case, small faceted glass bottle, stitching bobbins, etc. -- totally 16 items. Two embroided pincushions are to the left and to the right. The clipboard is covered with the embroidered fabric. Musical movement with a sound comb and a cylinder for two tunes is mounted on the bottom panel. It is covered by cardboard case with the glazed upper side.