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William Purvis and the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments is pleased to announce the acquisition of a late-19th century Sublime Harmonie music box by Swiss maker Paillard.
The Paillard family in Ste.-Croix Switzerland pioneered many advancements of music box craftsmanship, including improvements in changing from one tune to the next, the development of interchangeable cylinders, and the patented invention of the Sublime Harmonie music comb tuning arrangement.
This ca. 1880 example is encased in rosewood with fine floral inlay decorating the top. A 17 inch cylinder is outfitted with eight selections from a variety of 19th century operas including a march from Donizetti’s La fille du régiment, the “Can-can” from Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers, and the famed “Anvil Chorus” from Verdi’s Il trovatore.
The music box was donated to the Collection by Ms. Elizabeth H. Nutt of Candia, NH, and we are grateful to her contribution to our growing collection of mechanical musical instruments, as well as to the museum as a whole.