By 1784, clockmaker Peter Kinzing was comfortable making big impressions. After building his first pendulum clock at 10 years of age, he went on to produce some of Europe's most elaborate musical clocks. So when Marie Antoinette invited him to visit the Palace of Versailles, he knew he wanted to show her something completely different. So he brought the Queen a robot.
But they didn't call it a robot, they called it a music box. The Queen famously adored carillons musique, but what Kinzing presented was considered the most advanced music box ever constructed. The mechanical marvel was adorned with an 18-inch figurine of the Queen that moved in perfect time with the music.
There's no robot to go along with our Splendid Cameo Music Box, but in terms of beauty and craftsmanship, it's clearly fit for a Queen. The handmade, powder blue exterior is trimmed to magnificent effect with golden accents. The lid features a delicate center cameo, with Swarovski crystals adding sparkle to the adornment. And of course, when opened to reveal the velveteen-lined jewellery compartment, a musical mechanism produces the gentle strains of "Waltz of the Flowers." If you want to impress your own queen, there's no better way than thinking inside the box.