Antique Mandoline Piccolo Interchangeable
Music Box by Conchon, c. 1880
This is an outstanding interchangeable music box made by the prestigous
firm of Conchon of Geneva, Switzerland, in c. 1880.
Conchon was a firm
that focused on making only high-quality music boxes, and this example
is no exception. The fully restored movement has a mandoline piccolo
movement which creates a wonderfully complex sound, with a beautiful
tonal range to all the tunes.
There are six interchangeable cylinder
housed in the accompanying table, all playing mainly operatic airs with
an excellent sound. The movement also features a tune indicator, zither
bar and a ribbed brass bedplate.
The case and table are likewise of exceptionally
high quality. On the drawer, there is an inlay of two griffins beneath
a crown around a malachite centrepiece. On the tabletop, two angels are
intertwined with flowers. To the front of the case, two mythical birds
sit amongst more floral designs, whilst on the lid, a phoenix rises above
two interwoven serpents, above a foliate device with a satyr's head at
each end. This dramatic combination of inlays is most unusual, and is
of the very finest quality.
The table itself has a rich rosewood veneer,
along with walnut and tulipwood inlays running along the cabriole legs
and on the concave drawer. The box is similarly inlaid to the lid, front
In terms of interchangeable music boxes, it would be hard
to improve on this example, both in terms of the beautiful sound and
the truly exquisite case.
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