1167 : Nicole Freres, c. 1875

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


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. 

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