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 1158: Grosclaude, c. 1885


Antique Mandarin Automaton Music Box by Grosclaude, c. 1885


A rare and unusual antique music box made by Grosclaude of Geneva, Switzerland in c. 1885.

The musical movement features a central, single mandarin automaton striker playing 2 engraved bells mounted on a mandarin motif support – a most unusual arrangement. There are 4 further bells, also engraved, two of which are struck by bird strikers.
There is also a tune indicator and a double spring for longer playing time.

The movement plays a combination of 8 operatic and popular airs as detailed on the replacement tunesheet.

The case of this music box is also rather special, beautifully veneered in Thuya wood with pewter stringing and with a mother-of-pearl plaque to the centre of the lid.

It is all in perfect condition with an excellent sound – a rare and special box.

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23 ½” / 60cm
10” / 25cm
13 ” / 32cm

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Open view of music box

Musical movmeent with bells and automaton

Mandarin automaton striker

Tune indicator and bells

Right hand side engraved bells

Governor of musical movement

Double spring of musical movement


Open view of music box

Thuya wood case of antique music box

Thuya wood case with mother-of-pearl carthouche

Antique music box: pewter inlaid thuya wood case

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