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Music boxes took many shapes, sizes
NEW YORK – The earliest automatic music boxes were ornate 18th century gentlemen’s pocket-sized watches and snuff boxes. These prestigious, “hi-tech” items contained minute, key-turned movements featuring strategically placed pins on revolving discs that plucked individually tuned metal combs. Because of their small size, however, their tunes tended to be tinkly.
Collectors answer the call for old toy soldiers
NEW YORK — The oft-quoted joke goes something like this, “The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.” When it comes to miniature toy soldiers, armies of which have been made and played with for hundreds of years, that couldn’t be more true.
Treasures from London dealer’s collection in Roseberys sale Sept. 9
LONDON – A late-19th-century French Japonisme ormolu stand, attributed to the French luxury goods manufacturer Maison Marnyhac, highlights a selection of furniture and works of art to be sold at Roseberys London on Wednesday, Sept. 9. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.
Roseberys logs record price for Scottish artist MacGregor
LONDON – The Scottish artist and landscape painter William York MacGregor hit a high note at Roseberys London Fine Art auction June 30, when an oil on canvas titled “Moonrise” broke the world auction record for a work by the artist, selling for £9,840.