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Swiss Burlwood and Ebonized Interchangeable Cylinder Music Box

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This Swiss cylinder music box and cabinet by Ami Rivenc displays brilliant craftsmanship and sound

Key Features

  • Outstanding sound distinguishes this Swiss interchangeable cylinder music box by Ami Rivenc
  • The entire box and its original cabinet are crafted of burled and ebonized walnut
  • Ten cylinders playing 10 songs each accompany this music box
  • Bee-strike bells, a drum and castanets add richness to the melodious sound of this mechanical wonder
  • Circa 1890
  • 38 wide x 48 high x 28 deep; Cylinders: 21 1/2 length

Item Details

  • Width:
    38 Inches
  • Height:
    48 Inches
  • Depth:
    28 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    Switzerland
A captivating and exceptionally engineered Swiss interchangeable cylinder music box with its original cabinet by Ami Rivenc of Geneva. Set in a beautiful case of burled and ebonized walnut with satinwood inlay, this piece serves not only as melodious entertainment but also as a fine example of Victorian furniture. Ten interchangeable cylinders, each with 10 songs, play a multitude of musical pieces. The inclusion of nine bumble-bee stike bells, a drum and a castanet add depth and richness to the melodious sound produced by this mechanical music masterpiece. The cabinet contains four drawers with the capacity to store 12 cylinders total. 

Music boxes were at the height of fashion in the late 19th century serving as a status symbol for European gentry. Switzerland was the birthplace of cylindrical music boxes and home to all the most renowned manufacturers. Large boxes with many cylinders such as this one had the best orchestra sounds, making them the most desirable at the time. Today they are some of the most highly sought after by collectors.

Circa 1890

38" wide x 48" high x 28" deep
Cylinders: 21 1/2" length

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