Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Music box with vinaigrette compartment "The Valley of Chamonix"

    Music box with vinaigrette compartment "The Valley of Chamonix"

    Switzerland, Geneve

    Circa 1820

    Moulinié, Bautte & Moynier

    Gold, turquoise, brass, steel, leather, fabric (satin, velvet); engraving, guilloche, polishing, gem stones setting, painted enamel

    2.5 x 3.2 x 1.75 cm, 33 gr

    On the bottom left corner of the enamel landscape: “Chamouni”. In the vinaigrette compartment - maker's mark “M.B & M”


    Music box with vinaigrette compartment, rectangular, the lid is chased with scrolls and acanthus leaves and set with turquoises, side panels and base are engine-turned, the lid interior surface is with the painted on enamel scene of the Chamonix valley inscribed "Chamouni", hinged pierced and engraved lattice for the vinaigrette compartment. Movement - miniature sur plateau pinned disc with 17 teeth set on one side, governor in eccentric socket for tempo adjustment. The box is stored in the case of Bordeaux leather with a hook, the inner side is covered with light velvet with lodges for the box and key, the lid is covered with white satin. The key grip in the form of a volumetric full-blown flower with gemstone resembling a ruby in the center and a rod of a square cross section.