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12"l. Twelve-Tune Cylinder Musical Box by Nicole Freres,Geneva

Lot Number: 
3
Nicole Frères, Geneva. Serial number 41862. Circa 1865. 21” x 8 1/2” x 6” (53 x 21 x 15 cm) box. 12”l. (30 cm), 3”diameter (7 cm) cylinder. The musical box plays 12 tunes, two per revolution, with a very fine sound and is housed within a rosewood box with rich floral and medallion marquetry design on the exterior lid, and inlay striping on the interior lid. There is a protective glass inner lid, decorative brass rosettes typical of the Ami Rivenc firm that enclose the comb screws, and a winding lever. An early note attached indicates that the music was restored by Genevan musical box maker Rivenc at the end of the 19th century which explains the brass rosettes.
Realized Price: 
$4,000
Presale Estimate: 
4000/5500