Sorrento is renowned for its excellence in wood work. The art of wood work and marquetry have flourished in Sorrento for centuries. The Sorrento artists have given a new dimension to the art and have produced a whole set of art pieces which came to be known as Sorrento ware. This include, wood panels, furniture and music boxes with elaborate marquetry and inlay work.
The music boxes were originally used as snuff boxes. So they were of very small size, so that they could be stashed away in a gentleman’s waist coat pocket. But afterwards they began to be used for other purposes like keeping trinkets or jewelry.
Sorrento music boxes gained popularity mainly because of the kinds of wood used. Sorrento craftsmen used wood from exotic trees like white poplar, burl elm, briar and rosewood. Each of these has its own characteristic color and burls. The boxes were shaped from these woods and polished to a gloss using special lacquers. The natural burls and grain formations give these boxes a marvelous look.
The inlay is very special in Sorrento. The artists trace the picture they want on the required surface. This picture is then divided into tiny components. These tiny components are cut out from veneers of different wood pieces of various colors. These pieces are then suck on to the pictures and polished, if a shading effect is needed these pieces of veneer are dipped in hot sand and the scorched part will give the required shading effect. Thus the colorful picture will be complete without actually using artificial coloring agents.
Each of the Sorrento music boxes is handmade thus and so are 100% unique. No two music boxes will be the same. The art of inlay is also handed down from generation to generation by the maestros of the period.
These authentic Sorrento music boxes are then fitted with the automatic musical device. This device consists of a metal drum and a metal comb. The metal drum is fitted with tiny pins at various points. The teeth of the metal comb are pre-tuned to produce sounds of the required pitch. These two are fixed together so that when the drum is rotated, the pins on it pluck the teeth of the comb and the music is produced.
The music boxes are given different shapes. Apart from the containers, they are often crafted in the form of water globes, animated scenery and figurines etc.
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