Beautiful Sorrento Vintage Musical Jewellery Box Enamelled And Inlaid

( JB739 )



Stunning vintage Italian jewellery box from Sorrento. Vitreous enamelled finish and a beautiful inlaid scene to the lid. Plush black velour linings to the interior. Circa 1980s/1990s.

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Beautiful Sorrento Vintage Musical Jewellery Box Enamelled And Inlaid

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This is a stunning vintage jewellery box, made in Sorrento, Italy. It dates to the 1980s/1990s and is in wonderful condition. The box is a large example of its type. Most of this design are much smaller. The box is musical and plays 'TORNA A SURRIENTO' (Come Back to Sorrento).

The Exterior

This box has a very stylish streamlined design with beautifully rounded sides to the body. It has a stunning vitreous deep brown enamel finish and a beautiful large inlaid feature on the lid. This depicts a large stemmed rose in full bloom, with budding flowers around it. The inlay consists of a variety of woods, with that of the rose and flowers being stained a pinky red.

The box has a lovely burl wood veneer and you can see its beautiful figuration through the enamel.

The entire box has been highly polished and varnished, This has given it a gorgeous glossy sheen and it is beautifully smooth to the touch. The vitreous enamel adds a lovely subtle shimmer to the box.

The edges of the lid are beautifully framed with Mahogany veneer and fine inlaid Satinwood stringing.

The box has its original polished gold metal piano hinge and key. Please note that the lock is non functional and so the key is for decorative purposes only.

The bottom of the box has retained its original song title and MADE IN ITALY labels.

The box stands raised on its original beautifully shaped gold metal bun feet.

The Interior

The interior has a single storage compartment. There is a ring storage section to the left of this and the musical movement is cased to the right. These all have their original plush black velour linings. The lining to the base is padded, providing cushioned protection for jewellery.

There is further shallow storage space (2cm depth) upon the ledge of the musical movement's casing.

The inside of the lid has a dark veneer. This also has a glossy high polished and varnished finish. There is fine inlaid Satinwood stringing, framing the veneer, which matches that on the lid's exterior.

The Musical Movement

The movement plays the beautiful Italian tune 'Torna a Surriento' (Torna a Sorrento). The English translation of this is 'Come Back To Sorrento'. It is a beautiful Neapolitan song which was composed in 1902 by Ernesto De Curtis. The song has since been sung by numerous performers such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and each of the Three Tenors, to name just a few!

The movement is in perfect working order, playing the tune at its correct tempo.

Operating The Musical Movement

The movement is operated via the winding key on the bottom of the box. Five turns of the key are sufficient to fully wind up the movement. The music stops as it should, when the lid is closed or when the movement has fully unwound.

Notes On Vintage Musical Movements

As with all musical boxes, care should be taken not to overwind the movement. Overwinding will result in the movement malfunctioning. Please allow the movement to fully unwind before rewinding. We are not responsible for movements that are overwound or for movements which deteriorate from further age and use once boxes are purchased.

Please check the movement is still working as soon as you receive your box. It will be checked again prior to posting.

Please read our returns policy which includes our policy on musical movements.

The movement's casing can easily be removed should it ever require attention.


This box is in extremely good condition. It has sound structure and only very minor light wear, commensurate with age and honest use. There are a some light surface scratches to the inside of the lid.

All of the vitreous enamel and inlay is present and intact.

The interior linings are neatly fitted and in good clean condition. They have minor light wear which is commensurate with age and honest use.

The hinge is in good working order.

The musical movement is in perfect working order, as stated above.


Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.

Length:    27.0cm
Width:      16.0cm
Height:       7.2cm (including the feet)

Interior Compartment:

14.5 by 11.1cm with a 4.2cm depth.

Ring Storage Section:

This will hold approx five rings, depending on their shapes/sizes.


This box will be posted FREE within the UK by Royal Mail Next Day Special Delivery.

International postage is £30 by Royal Mail International Tracked and/or Signed For postage. Delivery is fast, within 3-5 working days to Europe and 5-7 working days to the rest of the world. Delivery may be longer depending on the speed of your local postal service and/or if your package has to go through customs. Please note that we cannot deliver to international PO boxes as we use a secure insured postal service that requires a signature.

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International customers are responsible for paying any applicable customs duties, customs clearance/handling fees and/or VAT. These fees are NOT included in the prices of our boxes or our postage fees.

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