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Mechanical Music Auction 8 Nov. 2005 in Paris
By Philippe Crasse

Dear MMDers,  On Tuesday, 8th November, 2005, the auction house of
Artcurial-Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F.Tajan will be holding an important
auction of musical boxes, singing birds and snuff boxes, at its Hôtel
Dassault Gallery in Paris:

  Hôtel Dassault
  7-9 Rond Point des Champs-Elysées
  75008 Paris
  Tuesday 8 November 2005 at 14h15

The sale features 183 lots.  Highlights include:

 - Musical toys playing Brahms and Mozart lullabies, and "marottes"
(musical dolls with china head);

 - Amongst 60 Musical Boxes are several early movements, including
Napoleon III epoch with magnificent marquety inlays : Sublime Harmonie,
a <<Timbres, Tambours et Castagnettes>> or <<Organocléïde>>, playing
operatic works from Verdi, Meyerbeer, Boieldieu, Donizetti, Planquette
or Strauss, as well as Ouvertures from Mozart, Rossini or Flotow;

 - Musical slot machines such as this rare cafe table with music and
gambling machine, or some Boites de Gare;

 - Gold, silver or enameled Musical Jewels Empire or Restauration, as
"Vinaigrette", "Boite à mouches", Seals, and "Châtelaines";

 - Watches and clocks, works of Breguet, Duchène, or Arbez;

 - 48 snuff boxes works from Bordier, Alibert, Meylan, Capt and Dupin,
in burr-wood, tortoise-shell, silver, gold, or with automaton and a
rare burrwood snuffbox for meritorious First Empire officers;

 - Singing birds from Griesbaum, Bontemps, Jacques and Charles
Bruguier, in wood, silver or silver gilt ;

 - Novelties

 - Limonaire children merry-go-round organ.

The preview will take place on 4th November until 7th November,
11-19 o'clock.  The printed catalogue is available at the Toulouse
and Paris offices of Artcurial and is published on web sites at 
(with highlight information in English, or on request),
and in French at 

For video samples of some of the highlights in action, please
e-mail me at my address below.

Best Regards from sunny Toulouse

Philippe Crasse - Le Ludion [delete ".geentroep" to reply] 

(Message sent Thu 13 Oct 2005, 23:39:56 GMT, from time zone GMT+0200.)

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