Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Music box

    Music box

    Austro-Hungarian Empire

    Circa 1870

    Ivory, brass, steel, enamel; casting, gilding, engraving, gem stones setting, glazed enamel, painting

    270 x 230 x 150 mm

    On the sound comb and movement mounting plate: "RZEBITSCHEK IN PRAG", on mounting plate: "No 2462 29500"; on the lid welt: Swedish import mark, on the key: "12"


    Music box in rectangular silver gilded case with a hinged lid, on four cast volute feet. Hinged lid with central white enamel insert with large oval smoky quartz in cast open work gilded crown, decorated with small rubies, pearls and foliate elements covered with transparent green enamel. The central composition is surrounded by cast relief silver décor in the form of leaves and curls with gems and pearls on the triangle white enamel inserts. Relief cast silver elements with pearls in bezel setting divide them. Similar elements on white enamel inserts adorn the sides. All side surfaces and lid are decorated with engraved floral ornament. 

    Openwork silver onlays with a pearl and two small rubies each are on the case vertical ribs. Inner lid with framed painting on ivory behind glass “Empress Eugenie with her court ladies”, after a painting by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1855). Music movement with cylinder and sound comb with 81 teeth is closed with wooden plate in the inner compartment. The movement is activated when the lid is opened and performs two tunes. A keyhole for the crown is on the right side in place of one of the pearls. The inner surface and box bottom are covered with red velvet. Maker’s name and serial number are on the sound comb and mounting plate.