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Two Enameled Automaton Music Boxes

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Two Enameled Automaton Music Boxes
Item Details
Description
Two Enameled Automaton Music Boxes, fourth quarter 19th century, Continental, the first example, fourth quarter 19th century, the bombe-sided case decorated with scrollwork and flowers, the lid bright-cut with bleu de France enamel corners, polychrome gothic enamel panels of flora and enamel ivy encircling the enamel panel depicting a beautifully rendered Tyrolean landscape, the oval panel opens to reveal a singing mechanical bird, feathered and sitting on a pierced scrollwork ground, h. 10", w. 3-3/4", d. 2-1/2", the second example, first quarter 20th century, also bombe form with gilt brass, the case sides decorated in geometric patterns, the cobalt ground enamel lid floral-decorated with raised gilt trim, and a central enamel panel, depicting a group of people in 18th century costume in a garden, the panel opens to reveal a mechanical singing bird, which springs up when opened, on a pierced scrollwork ground, marked "EB" and metal on base, h. 1-3/4", wq. 4-1/4", d. 3".
Condition
The smaller one has a slight blemish to the glazing over the enameled flowers at the right top edge. No sign of damage or imperfections to the other box. Both are in working condition and beautiful sound. Both have a winding key.
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Two Enameled Automaton Music Boxes

Estimate $5,000 - $8,000
Feb 23, 2013
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Starting Price $4,000
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0623: Two Enameled Automaton Music Boxes
Sold for $30,00039 Bids
Est. $5,000 - $8,000Starting Price $4,000
New Orleans Auction 2 Day Sale: Day 1 of 2
Feb 23, 2013 11:00 AM EST
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Lot 0623 Details
Description
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Two Enameled Automaton Music Boxes, fourth quarter 19th century, Continental, the first example, fourth quarter 19th century, the bombe-sided case decorated with scrollwork and flowers, the lid bright-cut with bleu de France enamel corners, polychrome gothic enamel panels of flora and enamel ivy encircling the enamel panel depicting a beautifully rendered Tyrolean landscape, the oval panel opens to reveal a singing mechanical bird, feathered and sitting on a pierced scrollwork ground, h. 10", w. 3-3/4", d. 2-1/2", the second example, first quarter 20th century, also bombe form with gilt brass, the case sides decorated in geometric patterns, the cobalt ground enamel lid floral-decorated with raised gilt trim, and a central enamel panel, depicting a group of people in 18th century costume in a garden, the panel opens to reveal a mechanical singing bird, which springs up when opened, on a pierced scrollwork ground, marked "EB" and metal on base, h. 1-3/4", wq. 4-1/4", d. 3".
Condition
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The smaller one has a slight blemish to the glazing over the enameled flowers at the right top edge. No sign of damage or imperfections to the other box. Both are in working condition and beautiful sound. Both have a winding key.
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