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Reuge Firenze Music Box

Firenze Music Box by Reuge

Looking for a spectacular Christmas present?  We have it:  The Firenze music box from Reuge.  The Firenze defines musical brilliance,  unmatched workmanship and museum quality craftsmanship.  Ann’s Firenze Reuge Music Box is all this and more, and you can purchase it and take it home today when you get it at Ann’s Fine Gifts in Houston, Tx.

Part of a very limited edition, Firenze is #8  of only 24 of its kind, world-wide.  To our knowledge, it’s the only one currently located in the United States.   It’s made by the Reuge company, a Swiss company long known for the best music boxes in the world, and named for the city of Florence (“Firenze” is Italian for “Florence”), a city known as the epicenter of culture and wealth during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.  Sometimes called “the jewel of the Renaissance”, Florence is an apt name for Ann’s beautiful Firenze music box.   Both in quality of craftsmanship and beauty of sound, the Firenze has no peer in modern-made interchangeable cylinder musical instruments.

Firenze is a virtual Philharmonic Symphony of superb, orchestral quality sound.  It stands on its own custom made table (included) and has 8 interchangeable cylinders that play 32 classical pieces.  Each cylinder has 144 notes and can play not only the music, but bells and drums. (These can play with the music or left silent so the music plays alone.)  The wood cabinet and stand are Burr Ambroya and Italian Rosewood inlaid with Boxwood  threads.   Composers of the pieces featured on the Firenze include Gluck, Purcell, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Handel, Schubert, Schumann, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Wagner, Shostakovitch, Debussy, Faure, Chopin and Strauss.  (See below for a detailed list of each piece of music included on the Firenze 8 cylinder collection.)

The Firenze stands on its own matching custom-made table, which houses a special drawer with fitted compartment to store the cylinders when they are not being played.  Lift the top and there is another glass top inside to protect the works while you watch it play.

Firenze music box, front view. It’s about 4 feet wide.

Inside the lid. Brass sounding board houses bells with “bee” ringers, drums, the winding mechanism, and interchangeable cylinder.

Close up of winding mechanism.

The drawer in Firenze’s table houses 8 cylinders on two levels. 6 are visible here.

 

Inside the lid is a brass plate that lists the pieces played with movements and composers. Pieces are grouped by cylinders.

Price:  $115,000, or best offer.  We would LOVE to show it to you.  Won’t you come by for a demonstration?

Firenze details:

This item is currently in stock (does not have to be ordered; we have it in our showroom right now, and we have the original, custom made-to-fit packing crates for it.)

Made with Burr Amboyna Wood, with inlaid detail.  Movement has bells and drums that may be activated separately.  8 Cylinders are interchangeable.  Each plays 4 classical pieces, has 144 notes.  Dimensions of the music box:  40″ x 25″ x 12″.  Matching table dimensions (table is included): 44.25″ x 30″ x 33″.  Original packing crate included.

Here is a list of the music it plays:

Cylinder No. 1
J’ai perdu mon Eurydice, C. W. Gluck
Scene des Champs-Elysees, C. W. Gluck
Trumpet Voluntary, H. Purcell
Ode for l’anniversaire de la Reine, MARY H. Purcell

Cylinder No. 2
Weihnachts – Oratorium, J. S. Bach
Konzert, J. S. Bach
Feuerwerksmusik, G. F. Händel
Wassermusik, G. F. Händel

Cylinder No. 3
The Magic Flute (Glockenspiel), W. A. Mozart
Petite musique de nuit (Allegro), W. A. Mozart
6th Symphony, L. v. Beethoven
5th Symphony, L. v. Beethoven

Cylinder No. 4
Oboen-romanze No. 2, R. Schumann
Arabesque, R. Schumann
6th Symphony, F. Schubert
Impromtu in E flat, F. Schubert

Cylinder No. 5
Polonaise Op. 53, F. Chopin
Grande valse brillante Op. 34 No. 1, F. Chopin
Blue Danube Waltz, J. Strauss
Vie Viennoise, J. Strauss

Cylinder No. 6
Carnival of the Animals (Fossiles), C. Saint-Saens
Carnival of the Animals (Finale), C. Saint-Saens
Tannhauser, R. Wagner
Die Meistersinger, R. Wagner

Cylinder No. 7
Romeo and Juiette (Theme), S. Prokofiev
Gavotte 1st Symphony, S. Prokofiev
Waltz No. 1 (Jazz, Suite No. 2), D. Shostakovitch
Waltz No. 2 (Jazz, Suite No. 2), D. Shostakovitch

Cylinder No. 8
Ballet, Petite Suite, C. Debussy
The little shepherd, C. Debussy
Sicilienne from Peleas and Melisande), G. Faure
Spanish Dance, Dolly Suite, G. Faure

Music Boxes $199

We just received these pretty music boxes in time for Christmas gift-giving!  Beautiful woods in lovely colors with inlaid designs on top have a high-gloss finish.  Choose tunes such as “Turkish March” and “Claire de Lune.”  Perfect if you need a thoughtful, sentimental keep-sake gift.  Many styles and tunes to choose from; these all are $199.  Shop now for best selection…these will sell fast for Christmas.

 

 

Egg Music

Decorative egg music box is a keepsake gift in a modern world where technology surrounds us.  Beautiful, delicate and intriguing eggs are delightful treasures with tiny music boxes inside:

Green Egg (no ham)

New egg music boxes are spectacular in detail.  And there’s a surprise inside!
(Click on images to enlarge them)

 

Sentimental Music Boxes

Music boxes with heartfelt sentiments on top make just the right gift when you want to tell someone how much she means to you.  These put in words what you mean.  Want to substitute a personal picture or thought?  The tops are like picture frames…you can change the message or the image anytime you like.

Music Boxes: Egg Treasures

Decorative eggs are highly collectible, and ours play music.  They’re hinged and reveal either a tableau inside or a satin nest to stash a tiny treasure.  In today’s world of iPhones and electronics, a wind-up music box reminds us of a simpler time, when hand-made creations wonders amazed and delighted us.  Whether it’s a special Easter gift or something to celebrate your anniversary, one of Ann’s beautiful musical eggs is something she will treasure:

Pink Ballerina Jewelry Music Boxes

Before little girls discover iPods, iPads, and iPhones, they like pink jewelry boxes!  Remember the kind that have the ballerina that turns and music that plays?  Ann’s has them.  So encourage the low tech and real-life play with a gift that inspires their imagination and holds their treasures.   These play “Waltz of the Flowers” from “Nutcracker.”  They won’t be little girls forever, and you can get them an iPod next year.

See jewelry boxes for BIG girls….click here!

Sing Happy Birthday

Can’t sing?  Here’s a gift that does the warbling for you!  Music box candles play “Happy Birthday” when you open the lid!  And the candle smells like vanilla cake!  So your birthday special someone really can have their “cake” and enjoy it, too.    Happy Birthday!  $29.50

Hear the tune:  Play the video on our Facebook page!   Click here.
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Musical Gifts

Music boxes make lovely gifts.  These are small replicas musical instruments, and they play music.  Perfect for the music lover on your list!

Click here to hear orchestral version of Rachmaninoff’s 18th Variation of Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Arthur Rubenstein at the piano.

Ring in Christmas

Hand-made checkered wooden bell is a music box!  The bell (made in Ohio, USA) is hand-crafted of walnut and mahogany.  The music box movement is 41-notes and plays 6 tunes, manufactured in St. Croix, Switzerland, by the Thorens company.  $2,200.