Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Musical fob seal with automaton in the box

    Musical fob seal with automaton in the box


    Circa 1820

    Steel, brass, enamel; leather, cardboard, fabric (case); mechanical work, soldering, gilding, painted enamel

    4.9 x 3 x 2.5 cm


    Gilded fob is in the form of oval case containing miniature musical movement with automaton, with volumetric hollow ring soldered on top. The convex upper and lateral sides of the case are decorated with chased floral ornament. The band of ornament on the lateral side is framed by smooth polished stripes. Hinged polished lid closes the lower side. Flat figures are under the lid. The figures and the background are painted with polychrome enamel. Rod with annular suspension at the end, which serves to wind the musical movement and automaton, passes through the ring soldered from two halves and decorated with chased ornament composed of various seashells and flowers, entwined with wide ribbons. A sleeve decorated with four gilded rosettes with blue turquoise cabochons is put on the stem inside the ring. Miniature musical movement with spring engine is comprised of pinned cylinder and sound comb. Flat slider located on the case side activates the mechanism. Ornately shaped box covered with bordeaux leather is in the set. A lodgment covered with green velvet is inside the box. The lid is closed with hook.