AN EARLY TWO-COLOUR GOLD SUR PLATEAU MUSICAL BOX, GENEVA, CIRCA 1812
rectangular, the lid chased with a musical trophy above chubby dolphins spewing flowery tendrils, the sides and base with engine-turned ornament, the pinned disc movement with 23 teeth, playing two tunes, illegible marks in lid and base including maker's mark [S?] & C apparently, in a horizontal lozenge, with associated key
7.6cm., 3 in. wide
Footrim slightly loose in one short section at front. Exterior screws not original and worn, the one at the bottom of the base missing. Movement currently working, but Sotheby's does not guarantee the functioning of movements.
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It is probable that this musical box was a special commission for a British client since, most unusually, the two tunes played are God save the King and Rule, Britannia.