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PROPERTY OF A GERMAN PRINCESS

A rare silver, gold and enamel musical necessaire formed as an upright piano, the movement Vacheron Constantin, Geneva, second quarter 19th century
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 23,750 GBP
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PROPERTY OF A GERMAN PRINCESS

A rare silver, gold and enamel musical necessaire formed as an upright piano, the movement Vacheron Constantin, Geneva, second quarter 19th century
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 23,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A rare silver, gold and enamel musical necessaire formed as an upright piano, the movement Vacheron Constantin, Geneva, second quarter 19th century
the case formed as an upright piano or orgue expressif on four legs with ball supports, a hinged lid applied with stylised gold scrolling foliage and lifting to reveal the enamelled keys below a neo-gothic panel ornamented in gold and enamel to simulate a stained glass church window, this in turn opening to show a plush and silk-lined compartment complete with gold and steel scissors, gold and hardstone thimble, gold needlecase, and mother of pearl spool, the interior containing a musical movement with a 6.5cm cylinder playing 2 airs on a sectional comb, struck with maker's mark VC for Vacheron Constantin and numbered: 5989, the case apparently unmarked, with later key
16 cm., 6 1/4 in. high
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Catalogue Note

It is not widely known that at one time, the celebrated watchmaking firm of Vacheron Constantin of Geneva, also produced automaton and musical movements. Jacques Bathelemi Vacheron and François Constantin first became formally associated in 1819 but it is said that in 1817 they had supplied the Duchess of Parma (formerly Empress Marie-Louise, the consort of Napoleon I) with several musical boxes which she was said to have found admirable. In 1824 they created a richly enamelled musical box, decorated with his arms and orders, for Prince Camillo Borghese, husband of Napoleon’s sister Pauline. For further information, see Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume, The Musical Box, Schiffer Publishing, 1995, p. 304.

Of Royal and Noble Descent

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