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The Sublime Harmonie Music Box

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This Swiss Sublime Harmonie cylinder music box produces a crisp, melodious sound

Key Features

  • A Swiss Sublime Harmonie six-cynlinder music box of excellent quality
  • The mechanism is housed within a fine burled walnut and satinwood case with stand
  • The sound quality of this music box us superb
  • Six cylinders each play a total of eight songs
  • Hand-inscribed tune card lists all 48 music options
  • Circa 1880; 55" wide x 29 7/8" deep x 41 1/2" high

Item Details

  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    Switzerland
A captivating and exceptionally engineered Swiss Sublime Harmonie six cylinder music box with matching table. Set in a beautiful case of burled walnut with satinwood and ebonized wood inlay, this piece serves not only as melodious entertainment but also as a fine example of Victorian furniture. Six interchangeable cylinders, each with eight songs, play a multitude of pieces, from romantic overtures to an upbeat polka. A hand-written tune card on the inside lid lists all 48 musical options and the cylinders not in use are stored safely in a fitted drawer in the table.

Circa 1880

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.

With Table: 55" wide x 29 7/8" deep x 41 1/2" high
Music Box: 48 1/4" wide x 18 1/2" deep x 12 1/4" high

References:
Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments, 1972, Q. David Bowers
Music Boxes, 1993, Gilbert Bahl

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