Lot: 7. A Beautifully Inlaid French Walnut-Cased Serinette with Original Label from LaPrevotte
12" (30 cm.) x 9". The walnut-cased box with fine burled and inlay wood designs and cast iron turning handle offers 10 tunes emanating from the wooden barrel and 20 metal pipes. The simple songs are heard when the crank is turned and wooden levers at the side are activated. Miracourt,France,maker unknown,early 19th century,the serinette was offered by LaPrevotte of Marseille,according to its original paper label which indicates that the firm offered organs,serinettes and instruments. The ink-script paper tune label lists the ten tunes. The serinette,mostly produced in the Miracourt region of eastern France in the late 18th/early 19th century,was a source of simple amusement and entertainment in the home; a painting by Jean-Batiste Simeon Chardin (1699-1779) depicts a well-coiffed lady sitting at a table,winding ta serinette and patiently watching her nearby caged canary for signs of sound.
Realized Price: 1000
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