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Ami Rivenc

Ami Rivenc for the London agent Dawson

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Spielwerke / movements

[1:] Orchestre, Interchangeable, 6 cyl.,
[2:] Trois Ouvertures,
[3:] Tambour, Timbres, Castagnettes,
[4:] 12 airs,
[5:] Mandoline, 1st: Tout à la joie,5th: Mikado,
[6:] Colibri,
[7:] Pinafore, Bettelstudent, Carmen,
[8:] Pultkassette,
[9:] No serial number ,
[10:] 7th: Mikado ,
[11:] No serial number ,
[12:] No serial number,
[13:] No serial number
[14:] The blue Bells of Scotland,
[15:] Reprint tune sheet,
[16:] Mandoline, 1st: Faust

1786, 1880, 1890, 3789, 4164, 6628,

11239, 13705, 18140, 19579,

20139, 20319, 22479, 23079, 23178, 23274: 6 Cylindre [36 airs], 26499, 27181, 29234: Harpe Harmonique Piccolo, 6 Cylindre [36 airs], 29290: Forte Piano,

32383: Over the garden wall, 32527, 34641, 32740, 34982, 2nd: Laura Walzer, 36148: Bells, 36401, 2nd: Martha, 3rd: Mikado, 36797 (Mandoline Ténor), 36897 (Harmonic celeste), 37223, 37820, 38378, 3rd: Stephanie-Gavotte, 38837, 38s932, 2nd: Aida, 6th: Carmen, 39310,

40882, 40969, 2nd: Wells, 40066, 41205, 41449, 41491, 41574, 41862 (3 cylinders), 24 airs, 41890: 6 Cylindre [6 airs], 41988, 41998 (Interchangeable), 42332 (J. Robinson & Sons), 42518 (Expressive Style), 42645, 43943, 44133, 8th: Faust, 44187, 44191 (Harmonical Harp Picolo), 44292 (Harmonical Harp Picolo), 44610, 46765, 87603, 800065

[1] No serial number, Orchestre, Interchangeable, 6 cylinders [...]

[2] No serial number, Trois Ouvertures

[3] No serial number, Tambour, Timbres, Castagnettes

[4] No serial number, 12 airs

[5] No serial number, Mandoline, 1st: Tout à la joie, 5th: Mikado

Case 24" long, 10" deep, repinned 13" cylinder, new dampers on the comb, replaced spring barrel

Ebay 2022 Sept 22

[6] No serial number, Colibri

[7] No serial number, Pinafore, Bettelstudent, Carmen

[8] Pultkassette

[9] No serial number, as Rivenc marked with the lion

[10] No serial number, 7th: Mikado

©Acabou de chegar, caixa destruída mas mecanismo perfeito!! Wilhelmus van Nassouwe = Wilhelmus von Nassau (Geusenlied, Netherlands National Anthem) https://folkways.si.edu/mieke-and-nina/wilhelmus-van-nassouwen-netherlands-national-anthem/world/music/track/smithsonian

[11] No serial number

Granulated, like grapes
See the Chapter Escutcheons of the keyhole

Lot 3504 38cm (15") cylinder. Beautiful inlaid rosewood and ebony cabinet with decorative grommets. CONSIDERATIONS: Showing an earlier restoration, the cabinet is in good condition, however the front inlay is surface-applied and not actually inlay. Dimensions: 26" x 9 - 1/2" x 7"

[12] No serial number

[13] No serial number

[14] 1st: The blue Bells of Scotland

42cm x 23cm x 17cm

comb in two-parts

Ebay 2023 Aug 17

[15] Reprint tune sheet

No s/n on the handle of the crank

Ebay 2023 June 12, offered as a „Victorian Music Box“ and not as a product of Ami Rivenc

[16] Mandoline, 1st: Faust

Good Swiss rosewood Mandoline music box by Ami Rivenc and bearing the makers' trademark Brunswick lion logo
13" cylinder playing on six airs and with original tune sheet, the lid inlaid with trailing foliage enclosing a flute and tambourine, with further inlay to the front, fitted with two ornate handles supported upon a stepped ebonised base,

Nr. 1786

https://www.antiques-atlas.com/antique/_tuneful_19th_century__swiss_music_box/ac048a893 Michael Allcroft Antiques http://www.antiques-atlas.com/michaelallcroft/

Nr. 1880, 8 airs

Nr. 1890

Nr. 3789

Nr. 4164

Nr. 6628

40 cm long

Nr. 13705 or Nr. 18705

empty reprint tune sheet


Private ownership


Nr. 18140, The Mocking

A museum quality, extremely rare Piece a Oiseau full orchestral antique music box made by Ami Rivenc of Geneva in c. 1870. Piece a oiseau boxes are rare. Full orchestral piece a oiseau boxes almost never appear. To have one in such excellent condition is, for me, a first in my nearly 50 years of dealing in music boxes. This is truly a very special thing. The movement features 7 engraved bells, a drum, castanet, and a singing bird automaton visible through its own window at the front of the case. The exquisitely coloured feathered bird has four separate moving parts: head, beak, wings and tail. The beak moves in time with the music he makes, lending him a wonderfully realistic air. As an extra feature, the birdsong can be turned off at will – although even when silent, the bird continues to move. He sits inside his original dried foliage nest, and has a beautiful tone to his birdsong, thanks to a 16-note pipe organ. The bells are engraved and can be disengaged at will, as can the drum and castanet. The entire musical movement has been fully overhauled and cleaned, and is in the best possible condition. The case is veneered rosewood with a wonderful quality central inlay to the lid of a winged cherub playing a lyre, seated on a brown bear and being startled by a barking dog. The case also has kingwood crossbanding to the lid, sides and front, along with canted corners and gilded carrying handles to the sides. Inside, the glass dust lid is inlaid with brass and mother-of-pearl. The tunesheet is original, and is marked No. 18140 (also stamped on the winding handle). There is also a maker’s plaque for “Ami Rivenc & Co – Manufacturers – Geneva” on the inside of the lid. The music box sits on its own table which may possibly be of bespoke manufacture for this box, although it is of a slightly later date – French, c. 1880. The table is walnut, part ebonised with incised gilt decoration, fluting to the legs, and bronze roundels of a boy and a girl to the front and back. Note there is an old split to one side in the centre of the tabletop. Despite this, the music box sits perfectly upon it – even the decoration in the corner works in perfect proportion to the box, giving it a correspondingly elegant air. Table size: 34" / 86cm wide x 20" / 51cm deep x 28 1/2" / 72cm high Size: Width: 30” / 76cm Height: 11 1/2" / 29cm Depth: 17” / 43cm

Nr. 19579

Nr. 20139

Nr. 20319

Nr. 22479

Nr. 23079


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Nr. 23274, 6 Cylindre [36 airs]

Nr. 26499

Nr. 27181

Nr. 29234 oder 29134...!!! Harpe Harmonique Piccolo, 6 Cylindre [36 airs]

Nr. 29290, Forte Piano

Nr. 32383, Over the garden wall

Nr. 32527

A Victorian rosewood satinwood strung and mother of pearl inlaid cased music box by Ami Rivenc No. 32527 playing ten popular and light operatic airs, the governor cock stamped with a winged lion, Logo of Ami Rivenc, 50.5 cm wide x 27.5 cm deep x 16 cm high reproduction blank tune sheet by Paillard Vaucher Fils of St. Croix, Switzerland

Nr. 32740

©W46cmD26H 16cm-cyl23.5cm

Nr. 34982, 2nd: Laura Walzer

©65 cm lang

©Ebay 2023 Apr 24

Nr. 36148, Bells

Private ownership

Nr. 36401, 2nd: Martha, 3rd: Mikado

Nr. 36797 Mandoline Ténor

Nr. 36897, Harmonic Celeste

37223: 8 Airs (Hymns), 78 teeth, Cyl. 28 cm, Ø 6,2 cm

Paul Bellamy, The Cylinder Musical Box, p. 86, Figure 8 (Octaves and Intervals Used)

Nr. 37820: 5 cylinders

Private ownership

Nr. 38378, 3: Stephanie-Gavotte

Nr. 38837

Nr. 38932, 2nd: Aida, 6th: Carmen

Nr. 39310

Nr. 40882


49 cm x 28 cm x 16.5 cm

Ebay 2023 Jun 26

Nr. 40969, 2nd: Wells, 8 airs

cyl h 16 cm w 55 cm depth 28,5cm

Nr. 41205

Nr. 41574 (Duplex, 2 cylinders)

Ratschenaufzug, zwei Walzen, jede 17,1 cm lang, Ø 6,2 cm, zehn Musikstücke


1: Gondoliers, Gavotte; 2: Beauty, Waltz; 3. Hush, The Bogie (!), 4: Invahoe, H. Jolly Jenkin, 5: Carmen, Correador, 6: Cigale, My Mother, 7: Red Hussar, Waltz; 8: March by William Hill; 9: Royalty; Polka, 10: Bohemian Girl (Balfé)

Saluz, Klangkunst, S. 188

Nr. 41862 (3 cylinders), 24 airs

Nr. 41890, 6 Cylindre [6 airs]

Nr. 41988

Nr. 41998 [Interchangeable]

Nr. 42332, dealer: J. Robinson & Sons

Neues Textdokument Wiener Dorotheum 25. 11. 2021, Nr. 132

Nr. 42518, Expressive Style

Nr. 43943

Ile de Rousseau

Nr. 44133, 8th: Faust

15" brass pin barrel driven by a lever wound spring driven movement playing on a large steel comb. (78cm wide, 42cm deep 23.5cm high)

Nr. 44191, Harmonical Harp Picolo

Nr. 44292 ,Harmonical Harp Picolo

Nr. 44610

Nr. 46765

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Nr. 87603

Nr. 800065
(Fantasy or Fake number, written with a felt-tip pen)

Private ownership, makership uncertain