VIENNESE SILVER ENAMEL & GEM SET MUSIC BOX, 1890
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Est. $22,000Sep 26
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Lot 0278A Details
A VERY FINE VIENNESE SILVER ENAMEL & GEM SET MUSIC BOX,CIRCA 1890. A very fine and important Viennese singing bird music box, circa 1890. The casket-form silver gilt base resting on four chased paw feet, the knees set with green stones and the lower margin fluted beneath a band of red and white bordered enameled plaques beneath a chamfered border engraved with leaf tips beneath an overhanging chased cornice, the top of base ornately chased and in champlevé enameled flower heads, scrolling vines and medallions in the chinoiserie taste upon which sets a pedestal table with similarly enameled base holding a bird cage with automaton singing bird held by a finely carved gem-set bird seller who holds in his other hand a silver-gilt bird cage with solitary bird and the far end of base another birdcage displaying a bird on perch. The underside of base with key wind lug (key absent) and the interior with key wind mechanism which when activated makes bird sing, in working condition. A finely crafted specimen, apparently unmarked but very likely Austrian (Vienna). Height 8.2 inches (20.5cm).
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