Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Musical vinaigrette with key and box

    Musical vinaigrette with key and box


    Early 19th century

    Steel, brass; mechanical works, casting, gilding

    Height 1.5 cm, diameter 2.9 cm; 3.8 x 6.5 x 4.8 cm (box)


    Musical movement with spring engine comprised of pinned cylinder and stack of steel tuned slats is mounted in round cast gold-plated case. The case hipped upper part is decorated with the embossed images of acanthus leaves. Aperture is in the top with square winding rod, surrounded by floral rosace. Cylindrical lateral surface is ornamented with foliage curls and convex beads. The case bottom is closed by circular presswork polished lid. The key made in the form of a scepter with steel rod and ornately shaped gilded grip winds the mechanism.