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Antique 8 Airs cylinder 6 Bells In View Music Box by Paillard c.1880

Antique 8 Airs cylinder 6 Bells In View Music Box by  Paillard c.1880 | Ref. no. 08514 | Regent Antiques Sold

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This is  a lovely antique Swiss  8 airs cylinder six bells-in-view music box, circa 1880 in date and bearing the horn and dagger stamp of the renowned maker  Paillard Vaucher Fils (PVF) of St Croix, Switzerland. 

The gonzalo alves case is boxwood strung, crossbanded in walnut with floral marquetry decoration on the lid. There are six bells with enamelled butterfly strikers and a beautiful tune indicator and the original music sheet is on the underside of the lid. 

The cylinder length is approx: 28 cm.

The box plays the following eight tunes:

1.  The leaving                            Audran
2. Ermine                                    Jablonsky
3. The Excelsior                          Marenco
4. Mikado                                   Sullivan
5. White Wings                          Winter
6. Don Caesar                            Strauss
7. Home Sweet Home                Sinclair
8. Where blooms the wild rose   Strauss


In excellent working order the case having being cleaned and polished and the movement professionally serviced and cleaned.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 25 x Width 53 x Depth 32

Dimensions in inches:

Height 10 inches x Width 1 foot, 9 inches x Depth 1 foot, 1 inch

Music box 
(also musical box) is a 19th/20th century automatic musical instrument that produces sounds by the use of a set of pins placed on a revolving cylinder or disc so as to pluck the tuned teeth (or lamellae) of a steel comb. They were developed from musical snuff boxes of the 18th century and called carillons à musique. Some of the more complex boxes also have a tiny drum and/or small bells, in addition to the metal comb.

For most of the 19th century, the bulk of music box production was concentrated in Switzerland, building upon a strong watchmaking tradition. The first music box factory was opened there in 1815 by Jérémie Recordon and Samuel Junod. There were also a few manufacturers in Bohemia and Germany. By the end of the 19th century, some of the European makers had opened factories in the United States.

The cylinders were normally made of metal and powered by a spring. In some of the costlier models, the cylinders could be removed to change melodies, thanks to an invention by Paillard in 1862, which was perfected by Metert of Geneva in 1879.[citation needed] In some exceptional models, there were four springs, to provide continuous play for up to three hours.

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 08514