A good quality vintage Black Forest carved beech musical fruit bowl,
movement by Cuendet,
second quarter 20th century,
Make your table centrepiece a musical masterpiece...
When wound and the fruit bowl lifted up, the first of two airs starts to play. Upon raising once more, the second air, the famous Blue Danube, rings out within from the two-per-turn Cuendet movement with deep single-section comb on cast bedplate in the pedestal base of the classic and unmistakeable carved Black Forest fruit bowl case, with the top modelled as a large vine leaf, with the palm incised with the vanes, leaf hasp with eight berries and pierced branch detail to the edge, shaped cut leaf edge, on circular turned boss base containing the movement with course indent frieze and three feet, start/stop paddle and captive key-wind to underside with the period pasted operating label.
10.1/2in. wide, 8.1/2in. deep, 3.1/4in. high, (26.7 x 21.5 x 8.3cm)
Point of interest -
Mechanical music pieces which cast surprise by being hidden within inanimate objects have always been desirable. Heller of Berne, Switzerland was the true master but it was not long before this element as a selling feature was caught on by other respected manufacturers, but only in the original birthplace of mechanical music - Switzerland.
Sweetmeat dishes, fruit bowls and other table accessories were made and most were put into immediate daily use. This example offered does not suffer from food juice staining or damage usually associated with these types of musical box and as such, will probably not be with us for too long. Surprise the family and your guests with music at the table, in true Swiss style.