Scarce Antique Musical Theatre
Box, possibly made by Conchon, c. 1885
An extremely rare museum quality antique musical
theatre box with dancing ballerinas, made in all likelihood by Conchon
of Geneva, Switzerland in c. 1885.
When an old English penny is inserted
into the slot, the music starts and the theatre curtain rises to reveal
3 beautiful and unusually large-sized dancing dolls, all of which are
in excellent original condition.
They are set within a mirrored interior,
so that as they dance the 3 seem to multiply and become 11, a whole cast
of ballerinas dancing to the popular airs that this music box plays – including,
of course, The Can-Can (Orpheus in the Underworld) as featured in one
of the videos.
The effect of this arrangement is dazzling and highly
original: in my 50 years of dealing in music boxes, I have handled some
of the most exciting examples known, but this is truly superb.
8 tunes, all of them well-known and lively, and has a beautiful sound
to match the dancers. The musical movement has been fully serviced and
featured a double spring, wound by a crank on the side of the box.
case is walnut with numerous carved decorations, along with turned columns
to the door and fretwork in front of the movement.
This is a special,
museum-quality music box that I am pleased to bring to the market for
about this music box
22” / 56cm
28” / 71cm
13 ½” /