A key-wind two-per-turn piano-forte musical box, by Nicole Frerés
Lot 123
A key-wind two-per-turn piano-forte musical box, by Nicole Frerés
Sold for £840 (US$ 1,372) inc. premium

Lot Details
A key-wind two-per-turn piano-forte musical box, by Nicole Frerés
No. 36794, playing patriotic and traditional airs (Gamme No. 1748), single-spring motor wound by period ratchet key, plain brass bedplate in red stained interior with dust lid, fragment of tunesheet (loose, mounted on card) and veneered lid interior, in formally grained case, now with walnut veneers to all sides including end-flap (worm), the squared rosewood veneered lid with large central square inlaid frame of ebony and musical instrument ensemble within (losses), rectangular field of kingwood, fruitwood stringing and crossbanding enhanced by red enamel infills and faux lapis-lazuli medallions, (all dampers defective, pinning in need of attention) - 21.3/4in. (55.2cm) wide, the cylinder 13.3/16in. (33.5cm), the diameter 3.1/8in. (8cm)

Footnotes

  • Condition: F-P(ow) V(t) 4

    Literature:
    The Strad, October 2008, pp.78-9 - (for very similar inlay decoration on two violin cases, nicknamed the Ludwig and Apostle. The inlayer of the Ludwig case has been confirmed as Gand Frerés who executed the work in 1865. On-going research on the inlayers of the Nicole Frerés cases continue to throw up names.)

    One interesting anomaly to note, amongst the various bubbles and marks on the glass dust lid, is that of a curled human hair from manufacture - seen top right if looking down with the lid closed.

    A re-pin is required as towards the base, the pins seem to be around 50% present, whilst towards the treble, this is around 85%, hence the condition number used above. No dampers are seen to be present, but this musical box is certainly worth a workshop visit.
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