A GOLD AND ENAMEL AUTOMATON CASKET WITH TIMEPIECE, AUTOMATON AND MUSIC, 19TH CENTURY AND LATER
rectangular on paw feet, chased with scrolling foliage and musical motifs in neo-classical taste, the top with an oval enamel plaque, Geneva, circa 1840, painted with Apollo and his lute, the sides with smaller plaques, painted by a different hand with musical instruments, the interior revealing a circular enamel panel with coloured gold automaton figures of a putto helped by his mother to dance to the music of a lute player, circa 1920, beside an associated enamel dial below a rustic view on a rectangular panel, circa 1820, both set into an engine-turned ground
9.3cm., 3 5/8in. wide, with modern key
Box and exterior enamels in excellent state; the automaton would benefit from professional cleaning. Dial lacking one hand. Automaton, music and watch movement currently working but Sotheby's does not guarantee the functioning of movements, movement has neither been opened nor checked.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Anonymous vendor, Christie's Geneva, 15 May 1984, lot 579