Morphy’s September 9-10 auction includes dance organs, orchestrions, automatons and a Muller antique…

102-key Mortier dance organ, Belgium, 1937. An absolutely stunning masterpiece of woodcarving with over 200 pipes and an accordion. Rich and throbbing sound. Size: 26′ x 5’4″ x 16’8″. Previously the property of a UK museum. Estimate $250,000 to $400,000
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DENVER, Pa. — The word “unique” can sometimes be overused, but not in the case of the Henri Krijnen Mechanical Music Collection, which will be auctioned at Morphy’s September 9-10, 2022. Amassed over a lifetime, the unequaled collection of early music and entertainment machines includes the great European fairground, dance and theater organs; orchestras, automatons, Frank Polk figurines and other slot machines; and even a spectacular and fully functional antique Karl Muller carousel. As Morphy Auctions CEO and curator/sales manager Tom Tolworthy described it, the collection features “the finest examples of mechanical music machines to hit the market in a decade.”

Very rare Gastaud and Raibaut for J Bodson ‘Double Tino’ orchestrion, Paris, 1925, with automatons in the likeness of famous Italian jazz accordionist Tino Rossi and drummer identified as ‘Mr Jimson from Martinique.’ Perhaps the most original surviving example. Bright and bright sound. Comes with four music rolls. Estimate $50,000 to $100,000
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The late Henri Krijnen, who made his fortune in the gaming and entertainment industry, had the soul of an antique dealer. Throughout his 50-year collector’s odyssey, he sought out the finest, rarest and finest examples. As her stellar collection grew, she moved to larger premises several times, eventually settling in a custom-built warehouse in Oosterhout, the Netherlands. Henri’s private museum was never open to the public, but on many occasions it served as a wonderful centerpiece for private events that Henri organized for his fellow collectors.

“Even at the end of his life, Henri continued to acquire unique and special mechanical novelties, because his philosophy was: ‘There is always room for one more,'” Tolworthy said. “Henri’s passion can be found in every corner of his collection. The depth of selection in the categories he collected reflects his innate desire to bring the forgotten to life for generations to enjoy.

The dizzying array of dance organs will leave collectors spoiled for choice, but there is no doubt that one of the most impressive examples is the elegant 1937 Theofiel Mortier model with 102 keys, 200 pipes and a accordion that together deliver a rich, heart-pounding sound. With an ornately carved facade that resembles a temple or palace, it is an artistic sight to behold and was, in fact, previously in the collection of a British museum. Possibly the Rolls-Royce of classical dance organs, it is estimated between $250,000 and $400,000.

A Gebroeders Decap dance organ with figures of robot musicians was known to be a firm favorite of Henri. It was made in Belgium in 1963, at a time when the public’s imagination was captured by the idea of ​​space travel and robots. It is one of only three to be manufactured in a 105-key configuration and was originally installed at Hotel Eemland in Soest (Netherlands). It has been professionally restored and plays beautifully, with great sound and animation. Estimate: $100,000 to $200,000

Another fine Mortier production is Henri’s 80-key Art Deco café-style organ made in 1912. Similar to earlier-style organs but with the addition of an accordion, its aesthetic offered a glimpse of the Art period. Deco to come, but Henri felt that its sound needed to be modernized, he hired Martin Conrads from Holland to restore the organ and update its sound, which is lively and melodious. The unit will either play to tune cards (46 included in the set) or MIDI. The presale estimate is $60,000 to $125,000.

Karl Muller (Germany) light-up carousel complete and restored to full working order with 18 features that include beautiful horses on the outside, ornate sleighs, hanging gondola, boat, art panels and more. A rare opportunity. Estimate $160,000 to $260,000
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The atmosphere of Paris in the 1920s, when the city was a bustling mecca for artists and literary giants from Josephine Baker to Ernest Hemingway, is captured to perfection by a very rare Gastaud and Raibaut for the orchestra J Bodson “Double Tino”. Made in 1925, it features automatons like the famous Italian jazz accordionist Tino Rossi and a drummer identified as “Mr. Jimson from Martinique”. Perhaps the most original surviving example, and the only one with all the original vestments, accordion and wooden stand, it comes with four rolls of music and delivers crisp, brilliant sound. Estimate: $50,000 to $100,000

A 1920 orchestrion made by L. Koenigsberg Brothers, Belgium, has a Weber Brabo as its base with factory-added accordion, xylophone, large and small drums, wood block and triangle. It plays from its included original roll, although it was previously equipped with a MIDI system, the components of which are still present in the cabinet. Estimate: $30,000 to $50,000

Among the music boxes up for auction, an extremely rare 93-inch-tall Monopol-Excelsior-Musik-Automat No. 84 disc player with its original disc storage rack is a prominent entry. Manufactured in 1899 by Leipziger Musicwerke, Germany, it comes with 20 discs, its correct crank and keys. Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000

Another turn-of-the-century beauty, a Polyphone Style #5 self-changing disc music box made in Germany in 1900 is housed in an attractive walnut cabinet on its original stand. It is unusual in that it has a selection bar where the customer can choose the song to play from the melody cards, drop a coin, and watch the disc load and play. Accompanied by 14 discs, it is auctioned with an estimate of $20,000 to $40,000.

Hollywood meets Vegas in the line of provenance supporting a 1979 American-made audio-animatronic automaton known as “Jo Jo Ivory and the Paddle Wheelers”. Inspired by famous jazz musicians of the 1950s and 1960s, its stunningly realistic characters “play” and “sing” 99 pre-recorded songs. The unit was purchased from the Paddlewheel Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas at a time when the establishment was owned by movie star and entertainment memorabilia collector Debbie Reynolds. Estimate: $80,000 to $130,000

In terms of childhood nostalgia, the undisputed star of the show is a complete and painstakingly restored light carousel by Karl Muller (Germany) in full working order. Its 18 breathtaking hand-carved features include horses outside the rows, ornate sleighs with hand-painted details, a suspended gondola, a boat and dozens of decorative panels with hand-painted images of cherubs, floral motifs and picturesque landscapes. “Fully operational carousels don’t show up very often, and rarely fully restored and ready to go anywhere,” Tolworthy noted. The presale estimate is $160,000 to $260,000.

The September 9-10, 2022 Morphy Auction of the Henri Krijnen Collection will be held live at the Society’s Gallery in Denver, Pennsylvania, beginning both days at 9 a.m. EDT. All forms of remote bidding will be available, including live over the Internet via Morphy live. Questions: Call 877-968-8880 or email [email protected] View the fully illustrated online catalog with videos of many key machines performing: https://auctions.morphyauctions.com/catalog.aspx?auctionid=553.

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