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 1167: Nicole Freres, c. 1875

 


Antique Full Orchestral Music Box by Nicole Freres, c. 1875

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This is a wonderful and rare full orchestral music box made by the prestigious firm of Nicole Freres in Geneva, Switzerland in c. 1875.

The fully serviced movement features a snare drum with 8 beaters, 6 bells with bee strikers and a bird finial on top, a castanet with 6 beaters, and a 20 note reed organ. It has been restored to the highest standard, including recovery of the organ bellows, and plays a selection of 8 operatic tunes.

The case is veneered in rosewood with kingwood crossbanding to the lid, front and sides, and also boasts beautiful marquetry inlays to both the lid and front. As a large and impressive music box, it also has ornate ormolu carrying handles to the sides.

All together, it is an exceptional and complex music box by one the best makers.

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Size:
Width:
32” / 81cm
 
Height:
12 ½” / 31cm
Depth:
18” / 46cm

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Antique Full Orchestral Music Box by Nicole Freres, c. 1875: open view

Antique Full Orchestral Music Box by Nicole Freres, c. 1875: musical movement

Antique Full Orchestral Music Box by Nicole Freres, c. 1875: bells with bee strtikers

Antique Full Orchestral Music Box by Nicole Freres, c. 1875: spring

Antique Full Orchestral Music Box by Nicole Freres, c. 1875: organ

Antique Full Orchestral Music Box by Nicole Freres, c. 1875: governor

Antique Full Orchestral Music Box by Nicole Freres, c. 1875: tunesheet

Antique Full Orchestral Music Box by Nicole Freres, c. 1875: siede view with carrying handles

Antique Full Orchestral Music Box by Nicole Freres, c. 1875: rosewood veneered case

Antique Full Orchestral Music Box by Nicole Freres, c. 1875: lid inlay

Antique Full Orchestral Music Box by Nicole Freres, c. 1875: front inlay

 


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