Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Musical medallion

    Musical medallion


    Circa 1810

    Gold, brass, steel; casting, chasing, engraving, watercolours, painted enamel, champlevé enamel

    D. 4 cm


    Gold and enamel portrait miniature musical locket with suspended sur-plateau movement playing a single tune, spring-barrel side with eight single teeth, the other side with nine, each of highly polished steel, on circular brass bedplate, in circular locket case with a bust-length watercolour on ivorine portrait of a gentleman, behind bevelled glass and knurled gold surround, the movement cover with oval painted enamel scene of chalets beside a mountain stream with tree-lined banks, within laurel-wreath crest with lime green enamel infills, enamels in black concealing female winding stem, the frame with full rondo cat's eye frieze in clipper blue enamel, start/stop slide to edge, with gilt male key.