A very fine Mandoline, Oiseau Chantant cylinder music box, circa 1880, probably by Bremond,
Lot 9
A very fine Mandoline, Oiseau Chantant cylinder music box, circa 1880, probably by Bremond,
US$ 25,000 - 35,000
£15,000 - 22,000

Lot Details
A very fine Mandoline, Oiseau Chantant cylinder music box, circa 1880, probably by Bremond,
A very fine Mandoline, Oiseau Chantant cylinder music box,
circa 1880, probably by Bremond,
No. 236,
the large single-spring motor with linier-wave engine turning to spring barrel face, double-section comb with mandoline teeth in groups of up to five across two-thirds of the cylinder length, flanking the central 14-key reed whistle organ including four keys for movements to the head, beak and tailfeather, wings and body, the bird with predominant hues of red, green and dark feathered plumage, positioned within applied bird's nest of hay, three eggs, feathers and bark, looking-glass panel behind held by plain polished screw washers, in large ebonised interior with geometrically pierced sound-holes under dustlid, tunesheet backed on card, in noir-grained case with coromandel veneered lid centre, lyre and laurel leaf decoration fruitwood inlay and triple boxwood stringing, further repeated inlay to the front, slight canted-corners with moulded edges to lid and base, gilt carrying handles and inscribed in ink on underside with Oiseau -
30 1/2 wide, 16 deep, 14 high, the cylinder 15 1/4, the diameter 2 1/2

Footnotes

  • Bremond usually marked the serial numbers on the underside of their music boxes, with a large ink quill. Some numbers were so large, the ink has ran. making them hard to read. Also, engine-turning to the spring barrel face is another noted trademark of Bremond's better boxes.
    Although the number does not appear on the underside, the way in which the word Oiseau appears is certainly their style and as such, is being attributed to them pending further research.
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