|Mechanical Music Digest Gallery|
|You Are Not Logged In||Login/Get New Account|
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
|MMD Gallery Auctions Chartres0405 0405En_im|
France - Chartres - Galerie de Chartres
Important auction of Automatas
About 350 lots :
More than 1500 postcards (65 lots), mostly before 1940,
Many fine automatas by Decamps, Lambert, Roullet-Decamps,
Me Jean-Pierre Lelièvre - Pascal Maiche - Alain Paris
IMPORTANT : The auction will take place as usual in the old
- VIEWING : Friday May 21st : 15 to 17 h and 20 h30 to 22 h
- ADMINISTRATION, ENQUIRIES AND CATALOGUES
Mechanical music consultant for this auction :
* Do not dial the first (0) if you are outside France.
IMPORTANT NOTICES :
Estimates are given in Euros.
Next specialized auction : December 2004. Entries till mid october
If you are interested in dolls, there is a large specialized auction (and a special catalogue in French) on Saturday May 22d, with several hundred lots.
This English translation is given only for the convenience of English speaking clients, and tries to be as reliable as possible. Nevertheless, only the French text of the catalogue (with the occasional corrections given during the auction) is conclusive. (Please read the general conditions of the auction on the back of the cover of the French catalogue). If you have any doubts or questions about an item, please ask the auction house before the auction.
A reference is sometimes made to the following books :
Chartres is a beautiful old city, about 1 hour from Paris with a car
or by train.
For any information or to get a printed catalog (only in French), just
write or fax to the above mentioned address, or send an e-mail to :
This catalogue is also visible at the following web address (as the
previous auctions since 1998, and the results after this auction) :
At 2 pm : ca 1500 postcards from the collection of Claude P. Marchal
Introduction to the 65 Lots of Postcards (701 to 765).
Claude P. Marchal (1927-1997) was the son of the founder of the well known "Marchal" company, specialized in car equipment, especially car lights. The logo of the firm was a cat, whose eyes are able to see in darkness : "I lend my eyes only to Marchal" was the publicity of the firm.
Claude Marchal was also a fan of mechanical music. So, in 1976, he founded the AAIMM (Association des Amis des Instruments et de la Musique Mécanique), always prosperous with more than 600 members and a good quarterly journal.
With passion, he collected many instruments, but also postcards depicting organs, organ players and phonographs, many with touches of humour, featuring animals or comic situations. The more than 1500 postcards (of which more than 850 were issued before 1940) we proposed to-day to auction come from his collection.
Systematically, and especially for postcards with animals, he collected various versions of the same postcard (changes in colour, caption language, etc.), from 2 to a maximum of 12 ! but mostly 2, 3 or 4. We only mention these variations when they are over 3 or 4 similar copies.
Excepted in the rare cases where these cards were just stacked in an envelope, they are usually presented four by four, maintained (but easily removed !) by corners on a standard sheet of paper (A4, 21x29,7 cm).
These sheets were piled in special boxes, according to a thematic classification we have respected.
On almost every postcard, he stamped his logo : a green four leaf clover.
We strongly hope that, in their incredible variety, these postcards will give you as much pleasure as Claude Marchal got himself when collecting them.
Nº 701 A small album of ca 60 modern postcards (museums
: horology, mechanical music, phonos, automatas).
Nº 702 An envelope containing more than 100 modern postcards,
with similar content.
Nº 703 An envelope containing ca 200 modern postcards, classified
by Cl. Marchal, with similar content.
Nº 704 An envelope containing ca 100 modern postcards, classified
by Cl. Marchal, with similar content.
Nº 705 An envelope containing 24 postcards depicting large
street organs (partly from Netherlands).
Nº 706 18 fine large modern postcards of large street organs
Nº 707 Ca 80 modern commercial cards of makers, collectors,
re-sellers, etc., a true who's who of mechanical music !
Old Postcards of makers or featuring large organs
Nº 708 Two old postcards of carillons (Bruges et Malines).
Nº 709 Two old postcards of the Thibouville-Lamy factory.
Nº 710 Five old postcards of the firm : Etablissements Magnan
à Nogent-le-Rotrou. (mechanical pianos : workshop, exhibitions,
one in double), and two postcards of exhibitions (Le Mans 1923, Orléans
Nº 711 14 old postcards/photos of old dance or street organs
Gavioli, etc.) and 5 modern postcards.
Nº 712 14 old advertising postcards of makers or resellers,
of them established in Belgium : Hupfeld, Pleyel, De Cap Frères,
Nº 713 Rare old postcards featuring musical boxes : a commercial
card Abrahams ; a picture of the front of the chop of Chevob, anct
Baker-Troll ; a Symphonion card ; a rare card featuring a German musician
playing a disc music box ; and a modern card by Anton Pieck.
Nº 714 16 old advertising postcards of Mortier (very rare).
Old postcards featuring carrousels, fairground attractions. Most of them with many characters.
Nº 715 4 old postcards : Germany or German Switzerland.
Nº 716 4 old postcards : Netherlands or Flanders.
Nº 717 4 old postcards : Belgium (?), one featuring a carrousel
Nº 718 A rare old postcard from Luxembourg : Esch sur Alzette,
two carrousels. Good condition.
Nº 719 17 old postcards : France (St Germain en Laye, Saint-Fargeau,
Juvisy, Montauban, le Raincy, Théâtre Pierre Junk, etc.) +
3 modern postcards.
Nº 720 30 old postcards : Great Britain. Fairs with a lot
of variety and characters, for ex. Hull, Nottingham, St Giles Fair in Oxford,
Old postcards featuring a portable organ player playing alone.
Nº 721 A very rare card which makes noise when pressed.
Nº 722 Charlie Chaplin as an organ player. 1920's. Very
rare. Small folds.
Nº 723 More than 65 modern postcards of portable organ players
: a true who's who !
Nº 724 21 old postcards and 3 modern cards.
Nº 725 24 old postcards (2 or 3 depicts anti-army attitudes
the 1914-1918 war) and 3 modern cards.
Nº 726 29 old postcards (several are old photos), with a
variant of 4 postcards (one on leather) and 7 more recent cards
Nº 727 23 postcards (or old photos) and 3 modern cards.
Old postcards featuring a portable organ player and one other character.
Nº 728 13 fine old postcards, two being in double, and 2
Nº 729 17 old postcards.
Nº 730 17 old postcards (of which a variation of 3), three (fairground
?) postcards of the Morität type with a hole to allow a "portrait
photographique", one Russian , + several modern cards.
Nº 731 15 old postcards, of which one humoristic in 3 variations,
Russian with an acrobat, and 4 modern ones.
Nº 732 17 postcards, of which 4 featuring the Englishmen "Ford
et Barras" with their barrel piano + 4 modern ones.
Nº 733 A very rare and fine Czech perforated postcard, to
be played on a small 8 notes Orion Organette (alas not present !). For
details see the book "Organettes" by McElhone, p 204.
Nº 734 28 modern postcards, of which one featuring Président
Chirac, then Mayor of Paris, opening in 1983 the H. Triquet Museum
Old postcards featuring a portable organ player and two other characters.
Nº 735 10 old postcards, of which a man bathing, and one
Nº 736 10 old postcards of which two of Ford et Barris in trio,
and 3 modern ones.
Nº 737 5 old postcards and 8 modern ones.
Old postcards featuring a portable organ player and more than two other characters.
Nº 738 20 modern postcards of mechanical music festivals.
Nº 739 13 old postcards, of which two Russian, one Greek and
a representation of a camel and a bear, + 10 modern ones.
Nº 740 15 old postcards, of which one in 3 variations, and
one Russian, and 2 modern cards.
Nº 741 15 old postcards + 9 modern ones.
Nº 742 15 old postcards, of which one with 4 variations, and
the other rather photo-type, and 2 modern postcards.
Nº 743 11 old postcards of the photo type : mechanical pianos
in Havana, and another of the automatic pianos Romano Bilotti) and organs,
and one modern postcard.
Nº 744 17 old postcards, of which two Russian, and one modern
Nº 745 One rare stereo old postcard of a Spanish mechanical
street piano (organillo) in Sevilla.
Nº 746 Six good various old postcards of portable organs with
characters, and one modern one.
Old postcards featuring a portable organ with various animals.
Nº 747 13 old postcards, of which one from Rumania with a parrot,
7 modern ones or reproductions.
Nº 748 11 old postcards of which one with a tiger, or a bear,
or a wild boar, and 3 modern ones or reproductions.
Nº 749 14 old postcards of which some with donkeys, horses,
several modern ones (of which 7 from Netherlands, showing "Pierement" organs
pulled by horses).
Nº 750 13 old postcards, of which one of an organ in "Chatou",
several modern ones.
Nº 751 Five very beautiful old postcards : two with portable
organ players without visible animals, and three variations of the
"old bachelor with a serinette", from the Rudolphinum in Prague.
Old postcards featuring a portable organ with monkeys.
Nº 752 Ca 80 old postcards (mainly English, some German) featuring
monkeys. Either the monkey is linked with a human organ player, either
it plays itself the organ, either it makes ... monkey jokes. With ca 15
modern cards or reproductions. We decided not to split this lot, where
some postcards present many variants (usually 2 to 3, but one - Home Sweet
Home - with 6 copies, one on wood and one on leather ...). If there is
no bid, we shall present this lot again in a next auction, split in several
Old postcards featuring a portable organ with various animals, classified according to the predominating animal. It is in this section that most variations are found.
Nº 753 18 old postcards with cats, most of them with one or
two variations, and a reproduction, and a card with the "Marchal" logo.
The cat was the logo of the Marchal Company : see introduction of this
Nº 754 15 old postcards with mainly may-beetles and frogs, with
Nº 755 19 old postcards of pigs, amidst them 12 variations of
the same card, and 3 variations of another one.
Nº 756 41 old postcards featuring birds, chickens, ducks, amidst
them many variations by 3, 4 or 5, among which the famous card with two
chickens in front of a stylized disc music box (rare), and one modern card.
Nº 757 18 old postcards, with mainly dogs. A few variations
(one of 4).
Nº 758 46 old postcards, with mainly rabbits : funny postcards
with many variations (from 2 to 7 cards).
Nº 759 21 postcards with various animals, among which Mickey
and Minnie dancing, a turkey, a wild boar, a bear, and even "living
pine cones" (sic).
Nº 760 An old postcard of two chickens in front of a stylized
disc music box (rare).
Old postcards featuring phonographs with various animals. The dog is predominant (an influence of "His Master's Voice"?).
Nº 761 21 old postcards with various animals (of which 3
with variations) : dog, rabbit, frogs, etc.
Nº 762 23 old postcards, with mainly cats (several variations,
one of 4 and one of 6). The cat was the logo of the Marchal Company : see
introduction of this catalogue.
Nº 763 23 old postcards with various animals : a lion, several
variations, and 3 modern cards.
Nº 764 20 old postcards with various animals, with some
variations, and 3 modern cards.
Nº 765 33 old postcards of various variations on "His Master's
Voice", some serious, some humoristic (alcohol, tobacco), and 3 modern
Nº 766 No lot.
End of the collection of postcards. We begin now the auction of
instruments or related objects.
Ca 3 pm Mechanical music instruments (1st part)
Nº 768 "Le joueur d'orgue de Barbarie", by Tournon. Fine
framed colour print. 42x31 cm.
Nº 770 A round manivelle musical box, diam. 8 cm. Transfer
decoration. Good condition. Ca 1900.
Nº 771 A little guitar with 1 tune musical movement Tortoiseshell
Nº 772 A curious musical needle cushion In the shape of
a small barrel (turned boxwood). Very small Reuge movement. Good condition.
Mid XXth c.
Nº 773 A small musical jewel casket Blackened wood with
brass stringing. Good small movement. End of XIXth c.
Nº 774 A musical photo album Red velvet cover (some wear),
good condition. 2 tunes.
Nº 775 A fine musical tile Sepia in the style of Hubert
Robert. Two tunes and tune sheet. Good condition.
Nº 776 A musical metal travel alarm clock 2 tunes with tune
sheet (Sambre et Meuse, Valse Bleue). Height. 18 cm. Excellent condition.
Nº 777 A wooden musical alarm clock Height 28 cm, 1 broken
tooth, otherwise rather good condition
Nº 778 A large wooden musical alarm clock Height 47 cm,
2 tunes, beginning of the XXth c., excellent condition, rare in this size.
Nº 779 A musical photo album Two tunes, good usual condition.
Nº 780 A rare metal musical travel alarm clock for the Chinese
market, height 16 cm. Plays the tune "Sin-Fa", according to the tune
sheet in Chinese and occidental characters. Good condition.
Nº 781 A fine musical tile depicting winged cherubs in a park.
two tune musical movement, tune sheet.
Nº 782 "Musicano", a modern note-it-yourself manivelle musical
box 11 notes, it allows to note its own melody by fixing screws on
a metal strip. Swiss, ca 1960'. In excellent condition.
Nº 784 A small 16 notes Ariston Case 29x29 cm, with transfer
decoration on top depicting the 1900 Paris "Exposition Universelle". Good
condition, but without discs.
Nº 785 A stamped metal musical travel alarm clock, height
19 cm. 2 tunes. Excellent condition.
Nº 786 Thorens, a 4 tunes musical box, varnished wooden case
17 cm. Tune sheet. 9 cm cylinder. Some damper noises and stop command
to adjust, otherwise good condition. Ca 1950.
Nº 787 A small musical cigarette dispenser, height 21 cm. By
pushing a button on top, the music starts and the dispenser opens. Mid
XXth c. One of the 6 small cigarette holders missing, otherwise good condition.
Nº 789 A fine musical liquor glasses dispenser Burrwood. Height
28 cm. By pushing the top button, the music (2 tunes) starts and the
dispenser opens. Start mechanism to adjust. With 6 fine glasses, ca 1950,
very good condition.
Nº 790 A fine musical tile depicting a young woman aside a water
spring. Two tunes. Good condition.
Nº 795 A fine composition case 2 tunes snuffbox, teeth by groups
of 4, Box (small accidents) with lid depicting (no caption) the cupola
of the Eglise des Invalides in Paris, by Mansart. Long. 95 mm, two commands
on the front. Very small mark stamped on the bedplate : I(?)G in a lozenge.
63 mm cyl. playing on 16 groups of 4 teeth and a group of 5. Excellent
musicality (one tune is from Boeldieu in "La dame Blanche" : "Ah quel plaisir
d'être soldat"). Ca 1840. Fixation of the movement inside the case
needs attention, Geneva stop finger missing. For an amateur of good music.
Nº 798 Orchestrionnette Ehrlich 26 keys Black case 55 cm. Germany,
end of XIX c.. With one endless old strip. Good condition, but needs adjustments.
Nº 799 Intona, a small 16 keys organette using annular zinc
discs. Black case 34x26 cm. Handle (missing). Ca 1900. With 3 discs.
Seems complete and in good condition.
Nº 800 Organina Thibouville, a 24 keys organette Black case
53 cm. Ca 1900. With 9 old books of music. In good condition (presentation
Nº 801 A fine small French cylinder "orgue de salon", 16 keys,
3 stops. Walnut case, Empire style with half columns on each side of
the front. Height 82 cm, Width. 54 cm Depth 37 cm. Fine inverted C shaped
handle. Handwritten tune sheet for 3 cylinders (only No 2 present). 37,5
cm cylinder with the label "Le Roy aîné à Mirecourt".
16 keys, metal pipes, 3 stops at will (one open, one partly opened and
one stopped). First half of the XIXth c. Completely restored in 2002, but
needs some adjustments. Very good general condition.
Nº 804 A wooden musical alarm clock, using 12,5 cm discs Height.
37 cm. End of XIXth c. Very good condition, small restorations, with
Nº 805 Kalliope, a 18 cm disc musical box. Case (small accidents)
with small internal transfer decoration. 25x22 cm. Works with a handle.
End of the XIXth c. Rather good condition, excepted traces of rust and
one broken tooth. With 11 discs.
Nº 813 Brémond, A large 12 tunes musical box Case
with boxwood stringing decoration and inlay (some worm damage on the front)
70x25 cm height. 17 cm. Large tune sheet (classical program). 44 cm cylinder,
good condition and sound, but 6 broken teeth and needs cleaning. From the
number 14081 inscribed on the tune sheet and under the box, M. Bulleid's
tables show the year 1868.
Ca 3.45 pm Automatas
Nº 822 (30363/5) Les Automates by J. Bédel (Paris, 1987)
Nº 823 "Les Automates", by A. Chapuis and E. Droz (Neuchâtel
1949), 1 vol. soft-bound, good condition.
Nº 824 C. Bailly. "L'âge d'Or des automates" reprint.
Nº 825 "Gisèle", a dancing doll for a musical box. Bisque
shoulders and head, supple body, wooden limbs (restored), cloth, wig. 18cm.
Nº 826 A German bisque head for an automaton, mold 478,
eyes formerly sleeping (a chip on the rear edge), open mouth. 10cm.
Nº 837 "Marine animée sous globe" A fine painted globe
a three masted ship showing the Union Jack, in front of a chapel. Pullwound
two tunes musical movement with tune sheet. Second half of the XIXth c.
H. 40 cm. L. 35 cm.
Nº 838 "Le Belle au bois dormant" (Sleeping Beauty) An animated
scene, paper and cardboard with a small carrousel moving through a musical
movement, in a base. Handicraft work from the end of the XIXth c.
Nº 842 Lambert, "Coquette aux lorgnons et à l'éventail"
fashionable lady with spectacles and a fan) Fine German open mouthed bisque
head, blue eyes closing when she adjusts her spectacles, bisque hands,
she fans herself with her right hand. Original clothes (wear). A small
adjustment of the movement of the eyes is needed. On a musical base, two
tunes with tune sheet. H. 58 cm.
Nº 845 A small cage with two singing birds in metal on a round
base. 2d half of the XXth c. Good condition. H. 28 cm.
Nº 845 B A glass dome with an incomplete harbour scenery Missing
: the sea, the music, the boat and the animations. Fine painted dome with
a village on each side.
Nº 846 A wooden turning base with music Modern make from
a phonograph motor. Fine music.
Nº 847 "La fileuse" (The spinning girl) A large modern electrical
automaton with spinning wheel and basket.
Nº 848 "Le bouc" (The He-goat) A modern electrical automaton
a seated he-goat, clothed as a king.
Nº 849 "La mort" (The Death) An electrical automaton featuring
a skeleton emerging from a coffin.
Ca 4.30 pm Documentation. Mechanical music instruments (2d part)
Nº 852 Au temps des boîtes à musique, by Bonhôte
(Mondo 1972), with a 33 rpm record.
Nº 853 Weiss, Phonographes et Musique Mécanique. Paris,
1930 ; Smithsonian Instit. History of Music Machines (NY-London 1975)
; La Science et la Vie (Revue) : "La musique est devenue une branche de
la mécanique" by Alphonse Corbières, N° 43, mars 1919.
Nº 854 Soriano, Les automates de Monte-Carlo, Monte-Carlo, 1985
; Revue L'Oeil (1986), Article sur Les Automates de la collection Reuge.
Nº 855 Carrera, Loiseau et Roux, Androïdes : les automates
de Jaquet-Droz, Scriptar-Ricci, Lausanne, 1979 ; Revue FMR n° 6
(1984), Les Androïdes de Jaquet-Droz. Damiot, J. Exposition d'automates
au musée instrumental de Nice (Palais Lascaris) 1978.
Nº 856 Maingot, Les Automates, (Hachette, Paris, 1959) ; Bédel,
Les Automates (Paris 1987) ; Hillier, Automatas and mechanical toys (London
Nº 857 Chapuis, Les Automates dans les oeuvres d'imagination
(Neuchâtel, 1949) ; Devaux, Automates et automatismes (Que Sais-je,
Nº 858 Revue Le Minotaure, No 3-4 (1933) (broché, usures),
inside an article by Benjamin Perret on automatas (7 pages).
Nº 859 Doyon et Liaigre, Jacques Vaucanson, Mécanicien
de génie (Paris, 1966).
Nº 860 CNAM, Horloges et Automates, catalogue d'exposition
Nº 861 Chapuis et Gélis, Le Monde des Automates, 2
vol. softbound (small wear to the back) in cardboard boxing (Paris, 1928),
good condition. A much sought after classical book.
Nº 862 Chapuis et Droz, Les Automates (Neuchâtel, 1949).
vol. hardbound. Good condition.
Nº 863 Buchner, Mechanical Musical Instruments (Londres, 1954)
; Jacquot, Dictionnaire des instruments de musique (Paris, 1886).
Nº 864 Barli, La facture française du piano de 1849 à
nos jours (Paris 1983) ; Fourneaux fils, Traité de l'accord
des Instruments (Paris, 1867) ; Giorgio di Roma, Manuel simplifié
de l'accordeur (Manuel RORET, Paris, 1834).
Nº 865 Pierre (Constant), Les Facteurs d'instruments de musique
(Paris, 1893). Hardbound, an important source of documentation.
Nº 866 Chambure (Mme de), Les instruments de musique au XVIIIe
s. Exposition au V&A Museum (Londres, 1973) ; Chouquet, Musée
du Conservatoire de musique (Paris, 1884) ; Galin, Nouvelle méthode
pour la musique (Paris, 1818).
Nº 867 Huberson, Manuel de l'accordeur (Manuel Roret, Réimp.
Laget, Paris 1977), hardbound ; Maugin et Maigne, Luthier (Manuel Roret,
Réimp. Laget, Paris 1977). Hardbound.
Nº 868 8 books : Barthélémy, Résumé
de technologie de l'orgue (Bayeux, ca 1950) ; Broadhouse, The organ
viewed from within (London, ca 1930) ; Bryant, Tuning, care and repair
of reed and pipe organs (Michigan ca 1930) ; Lange Martin, Kleine Orgel-Kunde
(Bärenreiter, Bâle, 1954) ; Mark Wicks, Organ building for amateurs
(Rééd., NY, 1887) ; Milne, The reed organ, its design and
construction (Vestal Press, Reprint ? NY 1930) ; Pelissero et Moniert,
Facture d'orgue et lutherie, Paris 1977 ; Nugues, Pouget, Martin, Practical
manual for piano and harmonium tuner (Paris, 1913).
Nº 869 Bédos de Celles, Dom, L'art du facteur d'orgues
(Paris 1766, Facsimile in reduced size, Kassel, Bâle, 1966, 3
vol, avec planches). Hardbound, in good condition.
Nº 870 Guédon, Facteur d'orgues (Paris, 1903, Encyclopédie
RORET). Réimp. Laget in 2 vol. 1980), including L'art du facteur
d'orgues de Dom Bédos de Celles and its Atlas.
Nº 871 Guédon, Organiste Manuel Roret. A small softbound
book (Paris 1905).
Nº 872 Engramelle (Père), La Tonotechnie ou l'art de
noter les cylindres (Paris 1775), Réimp. Minkoff Genève
Nº 873 Baud, F. Bonhôte et Rausser, Au temps des boîtes
à musique (Mondo, Lausanne 1972). Hardbound, with a record ;
Rouillé, Instruments de musique mécanique (Musée Triquet,
Paris, 1987) ; Revue Trouvailles (1984) Les instruments mécaniques
de la coll. Triquet (6 pages).
Nº 874 Limonaires et orgues mécaniques, coll. Bocuse
et Fournier. A case of four 33 rpm records, with a booklet (in French).
Nº 875 Aeolian Company, Tome 2 du catalogue 88 notes pour
Pianola et Pianola-piano (Paris, 1919).
Nº 876 Boston et Langwill, Church and Chamber Barrel-Organ
(Edimbourg, 1967) ; Meignien et Roux, L'orgue à cylindre de
Moussey (Troyes, 1974).
Nº 877 De Waard, From music boxes to street organs (Vestal,
1967) ; Wiefering, Glorieuze Orgeldagen (Utrecht 1965).
Nº 878 Roehl, Player Piano Treasury (Vestal, 1961-1976), hardbound.
Nº 879 Buchner, Mechanical Musical Instruments. (Londres, 1954).
Nº 880 Simon, Mechanische Musikinstrumente früherer Zeiten
und ihre Musik. (Wiesbaden, 1960/1980).
Nº 881 Ord-Hume, Clockwork Music (Londres, 1963) ; Ord-Hume,
Mechanical music (London, 1973).
Nº 882 Bowers, Put Another Nickel In. A History of Coin-operated
Pianos and Orchestrions. (Vestal, 1965).
Nº 883 Chapuis, History of the musical box (1980. English translation
the MBSI of the famous 1955 book). Hardbound.
Nº 884 Tallis, Musical Boxes (Londres, 1971) ; Webb, The
Cylinder Musical Box Handbook (Londres, 1968) ; Webb, The Disc Musical
Box Hand Book (Londres, 1971).
Nº 885 Jacot, The Jacot Repair Manual (New-York, 1890) ; Ord-Hume,
Collecting Musical Boxes and How to repair them (Londres, 1967) ; Tallis,
Musical Boxes (Londres, 1971) (2d copy, identical to the one in the previous
Nº 886 Archer, Tippoo's Tiger (Victoria & Albert Museum,
Londres, 1959) ; Patey, Musical Boxes at Victoria & Albert Museum
Nº 889 Bébé Coelophone, a Gavioli Thibouville
16 keys organette Black case 51x34 cm, height 45 cm with metal handles.
Handle. End of the XIXth c. With one book of music, and a scale book. Restored,
but some adjustments (driving of the book) need attention. Rare.
Nº 890 Coelophone Orchestre, a Gavioli Thibouville-Lamy 37 keys
organette Black case with gilt handles. 77x40 cm Height 50 cm. Handle.
End of the XIXth c. With 11 books of music, and a scale book. Completely
restored, very good condition, but the driving of the book needs revision
(pressure roll to adjust).
Nº 893 Symphonion, a 25,5 cm disc musical box Case (restoration
to the lid) 33x30 cm, with a picture of children inside. Spring motor (inside
handle). 48 teeth comb. German, end of XIXth c. With 4 discs. Very good
general condition, fine playing and sound.
Nº 894 A fine 24 keys Ariston organette Wooden case, mahogany
style. Restored, works, but need adjustments. With 12 cardboard discs.
No maker's mark, but the book "Tune sheets", by A. Bulleid tell us that
Grosclaude, Ducommun et S. Troll used this type of tune sheet ca 1875.
From some handwritten papers inside the box, it appears that it was repaired
in 1949 for five English Pounds by John Clark, who wrote one of the first
books on musical boxes, and that it belonged to Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905),
knighted in 1895 by Queen Victoria as being one of the foremost English
actors during the XIXe c.
Nº 897 An "Orgue de salon", 20 keys, 3 stops by maison Darche
à Paris Mahogany case, Louis-Philippe style (XIXe s) 98x62 cm
depth 42 cm. Large tune sheet for 3 cylinders (only 2 present), with 10
tunes each, with header "Maison Darche à Paris, E. Henry et J Martin
successeurs" (although the organ may have been made in Mirecourt). Quadrilles,
polkas, Walzes, etc. 47 cm cylindre "à crans". 20 keys. 3 stops
(2 partly open, one stopped), metal pipes, excepted 3 wooden stopped pipes
under the case. 2d half of the XIXth c. Seems complete and in rather good
condition, but needs restoration (bellows, gear of the cylinders).
Nº 899 Ducommun-Girod, a 4 tunes keywound musical box Simple
case with 3 external protruding levers. Long. 30 cm. Ducommun-Girod stamped
on the bedplate. Restored in 2003 (but the spring acts only on 3 revolutions,
a point needing attention). Otherwise excellent condition of presentation,
playing and sound. Rare. According to M. Bulleid's tables, the No 6750
dates the box from 1834, quite early.
Nº 901 A 4 tunes musical box Burrwood case with an escutcheon.
cm (accidents). 9 cm cylinder (bent pins, spring unhooked). Needs restoration.
Mid XXth c.
Nº 902 Amorette, a small 16 keys organette using 22,5 cm metal
discs Black case 28 cm. Handle. End of the XIXth c. With 5 discs. It
works, but needs some adjustments.
Nº 903 A rare "fat" 50 cm cylinder 20 tunes musical movement
per turn, lever wound. Bedplate 65x19 cm, cyl. diam. 80 mm. Good condition,
but lacks governor. Ca 1870/80.
Nº 904 Mermod, a 12 tunes musical box. Oak case, 66 cm. Nickel
plated movement and 34 cm cylinder typical of Mermod : external winding
handle, parachute, etc. End of XIXth c. Very good condition.
Nº 905 A Phoenix 24 keys Organette Black case with transfer
decoration of flowers. 24,5 x 49 x 37 cm. Label "Phoenix 34" under the
case. Seems complete, good condition, but needs revision. Ca 1900 (details
: see the books by Bowers and Mc Elhone). Sold with 9 metal 30 cm annular
Ariosa discs, which seem rather aimed at a similar 18 keys organette.
Nº 907 A wooden musical alarm clock. Height 27 cm. Good
Nº 908 A metal travel musical alarm clock. With handle.
Height 16 cm. In good working condition. Ca 1900.
Nº 909 A wooden musical alarm clock with top. H. 33 cm.
Nº 910 A wooden musical alarm clock. H. 27 cm. Good condition.
Nº 911 A wooden musical alarm clock. H. 32 cm. Cyl. with
2 tunes. Exc. condition (some worm damage on the front). Ca 1900.
Nº 912 Three French accordions, mid XIXth. c. One 24 keys,
and two 2x16 keys, one being an "Accordion" Kaneguissert. Good conditions,
but restorations needed.
Nº 913 A fine accordion Piermaria Nazzarena. Beginning of
the XXth c. Good condition, small pieces lacking (a button, one belt).
Nº 914 No lot
Nº 915 No lot
Nº 916 A musical photo album, red velvet lid, small 2 tunes
movement. Start mechanism needs attention, otherwise good condition. Ca
Nº 917 A box with a musical movement for a "Gisèle" dancing doll 14,5 cm. Beginning of the XXth c. Good condition, but needs cleaning. 70/120 €
Nº 918 A stamped metal travel alarm clock without music. Needs
Nº 919 A lot of Ariston cardboard discs (18 for 24 keys, 9 for
16 keys) and one Ariosa annular disc. Mediocre conditions.
Nº 920 A lot of musical box parts Small movements as is, five
12,5 cm discs, various spare parts.
Nº 921 Several musical box parts one bedplate, two combs, three
cylinders. As is.
Nº 922 Nine metal 30 cm Symphonion discs Good condition.
Nº 923 20 discs 33,5 cm for Kalliope. Very good condition.
Nº 924 Two Aristons 24 keys to restore. In bad condition,
with 28 discs as is. Needing restoration.
Nº 925 Twenty-five 24 keys Ariston discs Good condition
Nº 926 A large (empty) box for a musical box, and a similar
table Large fine box with metal handles, boxwood stringing and burrwood
external and internal decoration. Dimensions ext. 85x36 cm, int. 73x24
cm. Plaque : "A. Perrelet et Cie ... Genève". End of the XIXth c.
On a table, same period and similar decoration, on Louis XVth feet, with
a (empty) drawer for cylinder storage. 111x59, height. 75 cm.
Nº 927 An old vertical box for a disc musical box with glazed
door. 62 x 38 cm height 72 cm. As is, in rather good condition.
Nº 928 Twenty-five 42,5 cm discs for a large Ariston (36 keys
?). Good condition.
Nº 929 Two Duo-Art rolls : 5920 (Madiguera) and 5683 (Couperin
by F. Arndt)
Nº 930 Ca seventy 88 notes rolls for a pneumatic piano. Several
makes, amidst them : FIRST (Italy) and VICTORIA (Spain). Classical,
variety, of which typical spanish music (rare and usually good). Most of
the rolls in good condition.
Nº 931 Forty-six discs for a 24 keys Ariston organette Most
of them in good condition
Nº 932 A lot of 4 cylinders for a large serinette (Merline or
Perroquette). Two "à crans", of which one without label and
the other with the label "Lété aîné à
Mirecourt" (in its box) ; and two others"à vis sans fin", by "?
J. Benoît" à Mirecourt. All 4 in good condition.
Nº 933 A musical casket One tune. Spring unhooked. L. 30
Nº 934 Fourteen 14,5 cm metal discs for a Symphonion musical
Nº 935 Thirty-nine discs for a 24 keys Ariston organette.
Nº 936 A large lot of piano strings and pegs, as new.
Following at ca 18 h (6 pm) :
End of this auction : ca 19 h30 (7.30 p.m).
11 May 2004
CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD
Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2022 by Jody Kravitz.
Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.
Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.