Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Harp-shaped casket with automaton

    Harp-shaped casket with automaton

    Austria, Vienna


    Josef Weichberger (?)

    Gold, pearls, brass, steel; engraving, painted enamel, champlevé enamel, enamel over guilloche, gems setting

    Height 9.1 cm

    Master's mark "JW" in rectangle, golden mark of Vienna - letter "A" in octagon, illegible hallmark.


    Golden box in the form of a miniature harp with musical movement consists of a base on the figured legs, a resonator case, a curved neck with tuning pins and engraved floral ornament, twenty-six strings and a vertical bar. The base is in the form of a cylinder, the lateral surface is decorated with stems with leaves and flowers of stylized snowdrops on red transparent enamel over guilloche background. A musical movement is inside the tilting base. A pin for starting the mechanism is to the left. The upper panel of the base with a curved grid, on the lower tetrahedral pin for the plant mechanism, the stamp of the master, the golden vein of Vienna and the indistinct stigma. A curved grid is on the upper panel. The master’s mark and the golden stamp of Vienna are on the bottom panel. An image of branches with champlevé enamel golden leaves and flowers of white, yellow and blue colours over red transparent enamel guilloche background is on the front panel. The laurel branches surrounding the opened note book are below, a pin for opening the watch is to the left The images of dancing maidens with lyres and winged Putti with garlands of flowers are on the sound board. The bottom of the bar is decorated with red enamel relief leaves and blue enamel elements. The top of the bar is made of lapis lazuli, decorated with rows of leaves: the lower one - with pearls, the upper one is of blue enamel on the red background. The top of the bar is hexagonal with three petal white enamel flowers on red enamel background. . Musical movement is with a spring mechanism, a set of sound blades and a program drum with pins. A winding key with a grip in the form of two rings and a hexagonal plate between them and a cylindrical rod with a channel of square cross section. The box is stored together with the item 6055/62A in gray velvet case with a metal clasp.