A fine quality antique musical box in the form of a miniature grand piano. Constructed of gilt bronze and hand painted Austrian enamel . All around the body of the piano it is painted with polychrome scenes of courting couples in rural idylls and with winged putti in orchards. The movement is key wound from below. Austria circa 1890.
*1770 French Bird organ at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "Bird organs were used to teach caged birds to sing different tunes. The user would wind a handle, which pumped the bellows in a wind-box and simultaneously rotated a cylinder, used to control the air-supply to individual organ-pipes and thus produce different tunes. Different types of bird organ were used in France. This example is a serinette, which copied the sound of finches."