Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Music snuffbox with built-in concealed watch

    Music snuffbox with built-in concealed watch

    Switzerland, Geneva

    circa 1810

    Jean-Geoge Remond, Piguet & Capt.

    Gold, pearls, turquoise, brass, steel, steel; engraving, guilloche, polishing, gem stones setting

    7.8 x 4.25 x 1.95 cm

    On the musical movement number: "118"; two illegible hallmarks inside the case; "G?" on the inner lid side.

    Gold snuffbox, in the form of an oval cylinder in cross-section, decorated with black champlevé enamel, diamond-shaped, reserves with engraved flower heads in a band around each end, engraved stylized foliage and black champlevé flower heads between, engine- turned main body, a hinged lid panel matte, with foliate corners, central applied chased gold flower spray set with pearls and turquoises, opening to reveal a polished interior, hinged lid at the end opening to reveal the clock decorated to match the case. White enamel with Arabic numerals, outer dot minute graduations, gold mask with engraved and white champlevé enamel flowers and foliage, secured by four screws, apertures for winding, hands setting and regulation. Blued steel hands. Oval clock gilt brass fixed going barrel, cylinder escapement, plain brass three-arm balance, flat balance spring, index regulator. Music movement: oval brass plates, pinned barrel with two sets of 14 tuned steel stacked teeth. The unusual music train of this clock was developed from that described and illustrated in Rees's Cyclopaedia, plate XLIII and used by Henri Capt in his music clocks with automaton scenes. The box is typical of the workshop of Georges Reymond and the indistinct mark 'G' in the interior of the lid appears to be the correct letter type for the Reymond mark.