Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Music box

    Music box

    Switzerland, Geneve

    circa 1820

    Joly, Chenevard & Jouvet

    Gold, turquoise, brass, steel, enamel; guilloche, polishing, chasing, champleve enamel, gem stones setting

    8.2 х 5.0 х 2.2 cm, 206 gr

    On the lid inner side: “ICI” in the vertical lozenge; inside the case: “18 К”; on the label: “259”


    Gold and enamel rectangular turquoise-set music box playing two tunes, with rounded corners, a hinged lid with applied matte gold bow and quiver set with turquoises within a hexagonal blue enamel frame, the whole on wavy engine-turning, borders with translucent imperial blue enamel flowers, the base decorated en suite with central portion entirely engine-turned, sides with a translucent imperial blue enamel geometric pattern and en suite engine-turning, button for activation in back; for changing music in front. Movement is cylinder type with a V-shaped comb of 54 tuned vibrating blades in 18 sets of three each. The key was manufactured later, a grip comprised of a ring and an oval, connected by a hexagonal plate with the number "3", a cylindrical rod with a square cross-section aperture.