We are thrilled to offer this gorgeous pair of vintage musical tables. The Italian-made tables feature remarkable marquetry ornamentation and Reuge musical movements.
In 1865, company founder Charles Reuge established his first musical pocket watch shop in Sainte-Croix, Switzerland.
Several years later, Charles' son Albert opened a music box factory and incorporated the Reuge Musical Movement into unusual objects like compacts, cigarette lighters and eventually tables.
As you can see, both tables are triangular in shape and feature hinged tops.
The tops are decorated with an exquisite marquetry pattern of florals and foliate scrolling.
The woods are in various shades of light maple and darker burled maple along with ash accents and an oak background.
Tiny strips of light-colored banding accents the lower edge of the table tops and the squared, slender tapered legs.
Subtle marquetry flowers in light maple decorate the tops of each leg.
Each taple top opens on a hinge. Once opened, the musical movement's stop-button is released and the music plays.
One table plays O Sole Mio, a classic Italian song written in 1898, and given voice by some of the world's greatest tenors, including Luciano Pavarotti.
The other table plays Torna A Surriento, another famous Italian song performed by a wide array of performers from Plácido Domingo to Elvis Presley.
The Torna A Surriento plays very well while the movement for O Sole Mio is a bit slow.
Winding keys can be found on the underside of each table top along with paper maker's tags which include the song names, the Reuge logo, and the inscription "Swiss Musical Movement".
Each winding key is stamped "Reuge".
Impressed marks on the underside of each tabletop read "30".
You will notice that both tables exhibit some slight crazing in the transparent finish as well as a few minor scratches here and there.
However, both tables remain in excellent vintage condition overall.
Measurements: Each table measures 18 1/2" tall, 17 1/2" long, and 17 1/2" wide, Table tops are 1 7/16" deep, Legs are 16 5/8" long, (3 lbs., 14 oz each) Total Weight: 7 lbs., 12 oz