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Details & Cataloguing

Swiss
A RARE GOLD, PEARL-SET AND ENAMEL MUSICAL FRUIT KNIFE CIRCA 1810
• with barillet music work concealed within the knife handle, the music activated by a slide set on the side of the tapering gold handle elaborately chased with scrolls, a love trophy, flowers and a butterfly accented by rows of graduated split pearls surrounded by opaque powder blue, black and translucent red enamel over engine-turned ground, the reverse similarly decorated, the case fitted with a gold folding blade
length 80 mm
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Literature

Simon Moore, Pocket Fruit Knives, p. 111.

Catalogue Note

A similar musical fruit knife is illustrated in Chapuis, La Montre Chinoise, p. 64, fig. 42. The knife illustrated was formerly in the collection of Gustave Loup, the noted Genevoise collector of Chinese market watches and clocks. Loup, a close friend of Alfred Chapuis, collaborated to write La Montre Chinoise, where many of Loup's pieces were illustrated.

The barillet movement was created by Antoine Favre in 1796, thereby making it possible to incorporate music work in smaller objects, such as the present lot.  

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