Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Music box

    Music box


    Circa 1880


    Silver, lapis lazuli, coloured stones, brass, steel, enamel; engraving, gem stones" setting, gilding, casting, enamel, stone carving, woodwork

    22.5 x 18.5 x 15 cm

    On the movement mounting plate: "5036 21878": on the sound comb: "JOS.OLBRICH IN WIEN"; on the key "6", "10"


    Singing bird box in rectangular gilded silver case on cast lion's paws with a hinged top lid. The lateral sides and the lid are comprised of panels decorated with engraved and chased floral ornament with enamel inserts in the frames of leaves. Openwork cast decorative elements, complemented by red transparent stones, blue lapis lazuli cabochons in the form of drops and pearls are on the inserts. A large lapis lazuli cabochon framed with openwork gilded elements is in the lid center. Cabochon is surrounded by four enamel inserts in the form of triangles with arched sides. Cast floral onlays with red stones and pearls are between the triangles. Round enamel inserts and openwork elements with a cross-shaped arrangement of lapis lazuli "drops" with pearls in the middle are in the corners. On white enamel inserts colorful ornament. Colorful ornament is on enamel inserts. The corners of the case are decorated with openwork lattices with red transparent cabochons in the middle, surrounded by enamel leaves and pearls on top and bottom. The bottom of the box is wooden lacquered. The interior of the box is decorated with thin lacquered mahogany panels and divided into three compartments. Two front ones are designed for storing the jewellery, the third one, covered with wooden plate there is for the music movement with cylinder and sound comb with eighty-five teeth.

    The movement is activated when the lid of the box is opened. It plays four tunes, one after another.