Every little girl dreams of having her own music box with dancing ballerinas inside. Now, you can have the big-girl version with this incredible vintage Italian music box.
As you can see, this remarkable little music box has a masterfully parqueted exterior.
More than four types of wood veneers were used to create the intricate and elegant pattern that pervades the outside.
The Renaissance-style parquetry is further accented with thin lines of white paint, giving the design a more dynamic and dimensional look.
Upon lifting the lid, you will see that the box contains three four trays, all of which are lined with breathtaking powder-blue silk and gracefully padded on the bottoms.
The smaller trays swing out on hinges to reveal the lower two trays.
When the box is closed, a small wooden panel with a metal latch that is hinged to the underside of the lid rests between the center of the two smaller trays.
The metal piece on the underside of this panel fits snugly into a brass hole.
There is a key hole in the front of the music box though the key has gone missing.
Best of all, two beautiful plastic ballerinas dance on point at the center of the music box.
These girls don't merely spin in circles, but change direction and lithely bounce up and down while their articulated legs move realistically.
Each of the ballerinas wears a wide fabric pink tutu with a painted bodice and dramatic black hair.
Of course, these ballerinas dance when the lid is lifted and the key on the underside of the music box is wound. The box plays a wonderful and whimsical little tune.
There is a rectangular space on the underside of the lid where a mirror might once have been.
Though the interior shows a minor amount of wear and a few surface scratches, this precious music box remains in great vintage condition overall.
Measurements: Music box measures 9 3/8" long, 4 1/2" tall and 5 5/8" deep, Each box is 2 3/8" wide and 3 7/8" deep, Ballerinas are 2 1/8" tall and 1 1/4" wide Weight: 27.33 oz (1 lb., 11 oz)
Item ID: 7011
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