Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Music box with vinaigrette (smelling salt) compartment

    Music box with vinaigrette (smelling salt) compartment


    circa 1810

    Gold, brass, steel, wood, fabric, leather; casting, chasing, engraving, painted enamel

    2.95 x 1.9 x 1.25 cm, 25 gr

    On the left welt: "Cock's head"; Paris, September 1, 1809 - August 15, 1819.


    Enamel music vinaigrette with small barrel movement with integral spring motor, stack of six blued hooked teeth on brass bedplate, in finely tooled case, the lid with oval painted enamel study of a resting Brecknock Hill Cheviot lamb, with leaves and trees in the background, floral border, surmount with tooled radial beams to frame, stylized flower heads and triangular petit-point ground repeated frieze edge in highlighted Florentine gold, rounded corners above diamond-form shields, angular quatrefoil band, main ground to all sides and underside of linier tooling, start/stop sliding lever in the front center, male winding spindle to underside, the lid opening to reveal pierced and tooled lattice of an urn sur-le-stande, flanked by asymmetric scrolls and leaves, hinged to the right for access to a fragment of the original sponge, in fitted red leather travelling case with shaped hook-and-eye fastening.