6.25″ w x 7.5″ l x 2.5″ h
Handcrafted in Sorrento, Italy
“The Kiss” artwork by Gustav Klimt
Tune: “Love Story”
About the Music Box
Old world quality standards are still in the superb construction of this unique high quality wooden music box. Many of the ten to fifteen production techniques used by our Italian craftsmen are still performed in the old fashioned way, by hand. The inner works of each box are carefully formed in a specially treated wood composition that will never warp and then covered in genuine mahogany extracted for the root of the tree where the veining is more distinct. Several steps of meticulous sanding, honing and varnishing are followed by the careful application of the artist’s image to the lid. Each box is lined with plush velvet and all the attractive golden metal parts are treated to avoid tarnishing. Finally, the entire box is subjected to a highly skilled three-step coating process which totally protect it from the elements and insures its everlasting collectibillity.
A beautiful and appropriate musical tune is selected to compliment each image and produced into a musical movement of the highest quality designs and engineering. The movement is inserted into each box to play upon the opening of the lid. The bell-line clarity, richness and true tone quality of these musical works will greatly enhance your enjoyment of this fine music box.
About the Artist… Gustav Klimt
The work of Austrian painter and illustrator Gustav Klimt, was born on July 14th 1862 and died February 6th 1918, founder of the school of paintings known as Vienna Sezession, embodies the high-keyed erotic, psychological, and aesthetic preoccupations of turn-of-the-century Vienna’s dazzling intellectual world. He has been called the preeminent exponent of ART NOUVEAU. Klimt began (1883) as an artist-decorator in association with his brother and Franz Matsoh. In 1886-92, Klimt executed mural decorations for staircases at the Burgtheater and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna; The primal forces of sexuality, regeneration, love, and death form the dominant themes of Klimt’s work. His paintings of femmes fatales, such as Judith I personify the dark side of sexual attraction. The Kiss celebrates the attraction of the sexes; and Hope I juxtaposes the promise of a new life with the destroying force of death. The sensualism and originality of Klimt’s art led to a hostile reaction to his three ceiling murals Philosophy, Medicine, and Jurisprudence for the University of Vienna. Klimt’s style drew upon an enormous range of sources; classical Greek, Byzantine, Egyptian, and Minoan art; late-medieval painting and the woodcuts of Albrecht Durer, photography and the symbolist art of Max Klinger; and the work of both Franz von Stuck and Fernand Khnopff. In synthesizing these diverse sources, Klimt’s art achieved both individuality and extreme elegance.