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.