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 1196: Karrer, c. 1880

 


Antique Drum, Bell and Castanet Music Box by Karrer, c. 1880

An excellent and unusual antique orchestral music box with drum, castanet and 7 bells made by Karrer of Geneva in c. 1880.

This large music box features an unusual formation in its musical movement, where the 7 bells are arranged in two rows and struck by colourful enamelled bee strikers poisitioned between the rows.

Another notable feature is the one purely decorative bell that does not strike – a completely original feature intended to make this rare arrangement work on an aesthetic level.

Both the drum and the castanet are each struck by 6 beaters apiece, and all elements can be engaged and disengaged at will.

The music box plays a selection of 12 popular tunes with a fine sound, and sits within a beautiful inlaid rosewood case.

This features a musical motif to the lid and, to the front, a rare inlay of a fisherman with his dog sitting by a stream.

This all sits on an ebonised plinth together with decorative gilt handles.


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Size:
Width:
30” / 76cm
 
Height:
11 ½” / 29cm
Depth:
14” / 36cm

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Antique Drum, Bell and Castanet Music Box by Karrer, c. 1880: open view

Antique Drum, Bell and Castanet Music Box by Karrer, c. 1880: musical movement

Antique Drum, Bell and Castanet Music Box by Karrer, c. 1880:  engraved bells

Antique Drum, Bell and Castanet Music Box by Karrer, c. 1880: insect strikers

Antique Drum, Bell and Castanet Music Box by Karrer, c. 1880: drun and spring

Antique Drum, Bell and Castanet Music Box by Karrer, c. 1880: castanet

Antique Drum, Bell and Castanet Music Box by Karrer, c. 1880: side view of cylinder

Antique Drum, Bell and Castanet Music Box by Karrer, c. 1880: tunesheet

Antique Drum, Bell and Castanet Music Box by Karrer, c. 1880: side view

Antique Drum, Bell and Castanet Music Box by Karrer, c. 1880: inlaid rosewood case

Antique Drum, Bell and Castanet Music Box by Karrer, c. 1880: front inlay of a fisherman

Antique Drum, Bell and Castanet Music Box by Karrer, c. 1880: lid of case


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