Novelty Music Boxes

Price guide to novelty music boxes. Music boxes come in all shapes and sizes. This post looks at music boxes with unusual shapes and purposes.

Imperial gilt-bronze archaistic ritual bell
A rare Imperial gilt-bronze archaistic ritual bell, bianzhong Kangxi cast mark, dated to the 54th year corresponding to 1715 and of the period Heavily cast in barrel form, surmounted by a robust double-headed dragon handle, each dragon powerfully modelled with bulging eyes, flaring nostrils and opened jaws revealing tongue and fangs, the details of their manes and scales beautifully rendered in realism, the bulging sides cast with four vertical panels at the cardinal directions, the front panel enclosing Kangxi wushisi nianzhi seven-character reign mark between taiji and yin emblems, the reverse with a two-character inscription nanlü, further flanked on each side panel with raised archaistic dragons set between ruyi and keyfret motifs, all perpendicular to five alternating horizontal bands of raised bosses and pairs of trigrams, all above eight circular disks, box. 31cm (12 1/4in) high The Qing Court followed Confucian ideals as set out in ancient Chinese classics such as the Book of Rites, Zhou Li, which advocated that rituals should commence with music. Court protocol required that certain musical instruments, including a set of sixteen gilt-bronze bells, bianzhong, be used during state rituals (particularly in the Temple of Heaven and Temple of Agriculture), Court assemblies, formal banquets and processions of the Imperial Guard. The gilt-bronze ritual bells, bianzhong, were therefore an essential part of the Qing Court ceremonies. For an example of the use of the bells, see a painting by the Court painter Giuseppe Casiglione, circa 1755, titled ‘Imperial Banquet in Wanshu [Ten Thousand Trees] Garden’, illustrated by C.Ho and B.Bronson, Splendors of China’s Forbidden City: The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong, Chicago, 2004, pp.92-93, no.101. The present lot would have been part of a graduated set of sixteen ritual bells, suspended on sturdy wooden frames in two tiers of eight, each cast in varied thickness to provide a range of twelve musical tones, shierlu (十二律), with four additional repeated notes in lower octaves. These varying tones are cast on the reverse panels of each bell in the following sequence: huangzhong (黃鐘), dalü (大呂), taicu (太簇), jiazhong (夾鐘), guxi (姑洗), zhonglü (仲呂), ruibin (蕤賓), linzhong (林鐘), yize (夷則), nanlü (南呂) (as on the present lot), wuyi (無射), and yingzhong (應鐘). The nanlü tone corresponds to the musical scale of major sixth or the note ‘A’. The heavily-cast bell, comprising the Eight Trigams around the exterior, is inspired in form by archaic bells of the Western Zhou dynasty (1100-771 BC ), evoking antiquity and continuity. For an example of archaic prototypes excavated from the tomb of the Marquis Zeng, in the Hubei Provincial Museum, see L.von Falkenhausen, Suspended Music: Chime Bells in the Culture of Bronze Age China, California, 1993, p.6, fig.1. The double-headed dragon handle surmounting the bell is known as pulao (蒲牢), which according to Chinese legend is one of the nine sons of the dragon. Pulao first appeared in Chinese literature during the Tang dynasty. The Tang dynasty scholar Li Shan (630-689) wrote ‘there is a whale in the sea and a creature called pulao at the shores. Pulao is always afraid of the whale, so whenever the whale attacks, pulao will roar loudly.’ The form of the bell therefore incorporates the legend as an additional mythical layer, whereby the impact of the striker – the whale – with the bell – pulao – would result in the dragon producing it loud ringing roar. Sold for HK$ 2,440,000 (£ 220,028) inc. premium at Bonhams in 2016

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Novelty Music Box Sewing Machine Style Table Decor Active Birthday Xmas Gift UK

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£8.79
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Novelty Hand Crank Music Box Kikkerland Wind-Up Melody Gift New Various Melodies

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【 NABISCO 】OREO MUSIC BOX - COOKIE RECORD PLAYER - NOVELTY GIFT TIN - SHIPS NOW!

$49.99
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Vintage 1994 Sanko Music Box "Let It Be" Noriyuki Moto UFO Saturn Space Novelty

$34.99
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1912 SANTA NOVELTY TOY MUSIC BOX PLAYS "SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN" CERAMIC

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