6″ w x 4.5″ l x 2.5″ h
Handcrafted in Sorrento, Italy
“Waterlily Pond” artwork by Claude Monet
Tune: “Lara’s Theme” (Dr. Zhivago)
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… Claude Monet
Claude Monet was born on Novermber 14th 1840, in Paris France and died on December 5th 1926 in Giverny. French painter, initiator, leader and unswerving advocate of the impressionist style. He regarded as the archetypal impressionist in that his devotion to the ideals of the movement was unwavering throughout his long career, and it is fitting that one of his picture “impression: Sunrise” gave the group his name. His youth was spent in Le Havre, where he first excelled as a caricaturist but was then converted to landscape painting. In 1859 he studied in Paris at the Atelier Suisse and formed a friendship with Pissarro. After two years military service in Algiers, he returned to Le Havre. In 1862 he entered the studio of Gleyre in Pairs. Monet’s devotion to painting outdoors is illustrated by the famous story concerning one of his most ambitious early works: “Women in the Garden”. During the Franco-Prussian war (1870-71) he took refuge in England, painted the Thames and London parks. From 1871 to 1878 Monet lived at Argenteuil, a village on the Seine near Paris and here were painted some of the most joyous and famous works of the impressionist movement. In 1878 he moved to Vetheuil and in 1883 settled at Giverny. By 1890 he was successful enough to buy the house at Giverny he married his mistress. From 1890 he concentrated on series of pictures in which he painted the same subject at different times of the day in different lights. He continued to travel widely, visiting London and Venice several times, but increasingly his attention was focused on the celebrated water-garden he created at Giverny, which served as the theme for the series of paintings on Water-Lilies that began in 1899 and grew to dominate his work completely. In his final years he was troubled by failing eyesight, but he painted until the end.