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 1103: Ami Rivenc, c. 1885

 


Antique Full Orchestral Interchangeable Music Box by Ami Rivenc, c. 1885

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A large and impressive full orchestral interchangeable antique music box on its own matching table, made by the firm of Ami Rivenc in Geneva, Switzerland in c. 1885.

The restored movement features a drum with 8 beaters, a castanet, and 6 bells struck by bee strikers. It also has a 22 note reed organ, all driven by a large double spring with ratchet winding handle. There is also a tune indicator, and a tune selector. The drum, bells and castanet can be engaged and disengaged at will. When all elements play together, it makes for a grand spectacle.

The music box has 6 cylinders, each playing a collection of 8 mainly operatic and also popular airs as detailed on the beautiful original tunesheet. These are housed in the drawer of the matching table beneath the music box.

Both the table and the case are gorgeous, veneered in thuya wood with kingwood crossbanding and ebonised edges and legs. The case has beautiful cartouche inlays to the lid and front which contain brass, enamel, mother-of-pearl and ebony. It also has gilt carrying handles to the side and keys for the locks.

The combination of such a beautiful case, a full orchestral musical movement, and 6 interchangeable cylinders makes this a truly desirable music box.

Table size is 47” / 120cm wide x 27 ½” / 70cm high x 26” / 66cm deep. Size of the box is below

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Size:
Width:
30” / 99cm
 
Height:
13 ½” / 34cm
Depth:
18” / 46cm

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Antique Full Orchestral Interchangeable Music Box by Ami Rivenc: open view

Antique Full Orchestral Interchangeable Music Box by Ami Rivenc: musical movement

Antique Full Orchestral Interchangeable Music Box by Ami Rivenc: detail of musical movement

Antique Full Orchestral Interchangeable Music Box by Ami Rivenc: drumm and bells

Antique Full Orchestral Interchangeable Music Box by Ami Rivenc: bells with bee strikers

Antique Full Orchestral Interchangeable Music Box by Ami Rivenc: double spring and tune indicator

Antique Full Orchestral Interchangeable Music Box by Ami Rivenc: original tunesheet

Antique Full Orchestral Interchangeable Music Box by Ami Rivenc: side view

Antique Full Orchestral Interchangeable Music Box by Ami Rivenc: closed view

Antique Full Orchestral Interchangeable Music Box by Ami Rivenc: iunlaid cartouche

 


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