"Memento Mori" Musical Box - "Danse macabre" with replica Skull - - - 35×25×15 cm

"Memento Mori" Musical Box - "Danse macabre" with replica Skull - - - 35×25×15 cm
1945 - France

A vintage mechanical cylinder musical box has been embedded in this Vanitas - a pleasure for the ear and eye. The mechanics is in good working order and plays a musical piece from La Vie En Rose before switching to another melody, that is unknown to me.

The vintage bracket clock case has been redesigned to house a handmade life-size plaster skull piece from Paris, an artificial red rose and the mechanism of the music box. Since the case is quite old, there are some small dents to the ebonized finish, that only increase its charm.

I glazed the front and side openings with a clear structural glass. The back is glazed with pearl opal glass that allows the light to pass through when placed in front of a window, a candle or other light source.

The skull piece was sealed but left unpainted for a more sepulchral appearance.

The mechanism is protected by a key found on the base of the clock case, and the mechanism is stared by a lever on the right side of the case. The machine will play each piece of the melody once before turning off.

The door opens by pulling on a knob handle with a small metal skeleton from the early 20th century and two vintage religious medals attached.

The Vanitas is completed by a modern Japanese silver metal ojime decoration in the shape of a skull resting on the top.

Lot details
"Memento Mori" Musical Box -
"Danse macabre" with replica Skull
Scientific Name
35×25×15 cm
0 g
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