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.

Width: 23 ½” / 60cm
Height: 10” / 25cm
Depth: 13 ” / 32cm
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