An exhibition-quality 'Flute Voix-Céleste et Mandoline' interchangeable cylinder music box-on-stand, by Lecoultre,
with twenty cylinders each playing six airs of a wide selection including large sections of operas, ballads, folk tunes and dances, the massive longe-marché spring motor with helical-geared top-wind folding crank, triple-blade governor with start/stop, the double-section combs each with two rows of screws flanking central 22-key organ, on substantial reeded gilt cast bedplate with the bedplate void revealing the edge of the bellows which are lined with rouge paper with gilt tooled decoration, in ebonised interior with dust lid having pierced spandrels, double shaped lid stays, change/repeat and start/stop controls to right, fully signed double lever-bolt lock bearing the Rue des Alpes 12 address, in very imposing serpentine case, the slightly-domed lid with quadruple tulipwood stringing and intermediates of ebony fields, the whole in deep toned and richly figured thuyawood veneers polished to a fine mirror-shine, bone escutcheon to front locks and the repeated veneers to front, sides and back, standing on the matching console storage stand in serpentine profile, large double doors with repeated stringing opening to reveal the four press slides, with letterbox inlay front and four cylinder storage each, shaped apron below, on integral bracket feet, with the period tunesheet listing seventeen cylinders, now separately framed in its non-restored state (some clear tape and stain marks)
the cabinet 56in. wide, 24in. deep, the cylinders 26.1/4in. and the diameters 3.3/4in.