Objects with Movement

Palais Royal musical inkstand

    Palais Royal musical inkstand

    France

    The 1820-1830s

    Bronze, steel, mother of pearl, brass, ivory; engraving, casting, polishing, gilding, enamel over guilloche

    11.5 х 7.6 х 11.0 cm, 560 g

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    Palais Royal music inkstand in the form of a barrel. It consists of consisting of a base and a hinged lid with 18 finely engraved panels of mother of pearl within a frame of gilt bronze. The barrel rests upon a stand of gilt bronze in the form of a lion standing on its paws. From the exterior side the paws are leaning on two handles of ivory with steel feathers. The bottom panels are mirror-polished. A pens’ holder, two cast ink tanks with light green enamel side surface, a pin for a spring winding and a pearl button for turning on / off the music movement are under the lid. The inner side of the lid is covered with velvet. The music movement consists of a spring mechanism, a program roller with pins and steel sound tabs. A round key grip and a rod with a square cross-section.

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    Инв.5616/ДПИ