Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Music box

    Music box


    late 19th century

    Gold, steel, brass; guilloche, engraving, chasing, champleve enamel, grisaille enamel

    5.1 х 4.5 х 3.0 cm, 94 gr

    On the case sides and lattices: French hallmarks for 18 karat gold in the form of an eagle's head.


    A three-coloured gold oval and enamel music vinaigrette, in Louis XVI style. An oval painted enamel plaque, en grisaille to imitate a cameo, with cherubs enjoying a late summer's day is inserted in the lid, the border, sides and base with panels of translucent blue enamel over scale engine-turning alternating with chased three-colour gold trophies and flowers, the interior with a double-opening lattice pierced and engraved with scrolling flowers, struck only with French eagle's head control marks.