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 198: Mermod Freres, c. 1895

 



Antique Interchangeable Theatre Cylinder Music Box by Mermod Freres, c. 1895

A magnificent and unique theatre interchangeable cylinder music box (also known as a Station Box), in an exquisite inlaid burr walnut cabinet. The sublime harmony movement is by Mermod Freres, c. 1895. Almost uniquely, this box has a dancing butterfly automaton (something I have never seen before), alongside 4 dancing dolls (replaced). The movement has a tune indicator, tune selector, parachute safety check and speed regulator. There are three cylinders, each playing 6 tunes. They are extra large size (20” long x 3 ¼” diameter), making for a superb quality of sound. The cabinet, although not original, is of the finest quality and is quite stunning.

All together, a very rare, wonderful and impressive piece, with a beautiful sound and great visual effect.

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Size:
Width:
78” / 198cm
 
Height:
44” / 112cm
Depth:
19” / 48cm

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Antique Music Box - Station Box  with Interchangeable Cylinder and Dancing Dolls and Butterfly

Antique Music Box - Station Box  with Interchangeable Cylinder and Dancing Dolls and Butterfly - front view

Antique Music Box - Station Box  with Interchangeable Cylinder and Dancing Dolls and Butterfly - movement detail

 


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