A lovely WATER NYMPH reclines on a huge acanthus leaf holding a poppy-pod, which is the inkwell and starts the working music-box when the top of ink well is lifted. This rare and unusual Art Nouveau hollow CAST-BRASS INK STAND with a pewter finish and 2-Tune MUSIC-BOX is circa-1900 and in excellent condition with original finish, only somewhat finish-worn from all its years of use.
Measuring 11" wide, 3.5" high and 7.25" front-to-back, with wooden base and four little metal bun feet underneath; the original label listing "2 AIRS" and hand-written "La Mascotte Vala // Cor Amour Polka" naming the music-box tunes, and the Airs play at tempo, crisp & bright, one after the other, from one-family, non-smoking environment.
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