An Inventory of Count Deym's Wax Museum and Art Gallery

                             (known as "Mueller's") in Vienna.

A multimedia presentation using music boxes on timers, providing mood music for some of the tableaus.

Several items and tableaus may have had no music associated with them.

The museum opened around 1780 in Vienna. 

Known tableaus and displayed items during the 1790s:

 

1. The display for Field Marshal Ernst von Laudon ("Laudon's Mausoleum").

    Von Laudon died on 14 July 1790, and was a heroic figure of Austria:

    * An elaborate classical temple.

    * An embedded clock with a luminous pendulum.

    * A waxen effigy of Field Marshal Ernst von Laudon in a glass coffin, reflected by several mirrors.

    * A Turkish girl weeping at the foot of the coffin - this was the little girl he brought back

       from Belgrade and adopted.

    * A gloomy figure on the left, representing the spirit of Austria, mourning the fallen soldier.

    * A grieving Mars, the Roman god of war, leaning on his sword.

    * Two men in armor despondently standing guard.

    * Laudon's flags and trophies.

    * Funeral music every hour by Mozart (K.594), announced 26 March 1791. 

 

2. A 9-foot tall pyramid with a chiming clock and a playing flute.

 

3. A singing mechanical canary which played several different pieces.

 

4. Two flute-playing boys in Spanish clothing, playing a different duet every hour.

 

5. A life-size lady sitting at a player piano, dressed casually in a housecoat or other clothing

    ("en negligee" - negligently, casually, not dressed up - not necessarily "in a negligee").

 

6. A young girl sleeping on a bed (Bedroom of the Graces), including a statue of Venus in the scene,

    in a niche 18 feet high. Flutes and a piano play, as well as other instruments.

 

7. Over 100 plaster copies of famous classical statues, including the Laocoon group

    (a naked Trojan man and his two sons being strangled by large snakes), the Medici Venus,

    and the Venus of Knidos.

 

8. Death masks of various prominent people including Emperor Joseph II's.

 

9. Monuments dedicated to various prominent people, recently deceased.

 

10. A figure of Pan with goat's feet and horns, blowing shepherd's tunes on a set of pipes with 9 notes.

 

11. Non-musical: An anatomical model of a pregnant woman which could be taken apart by the visitor.

     (Caused a raid by the police in 1791).

 

12. Life-size versions of the royal family of Naples. (Count Deym was acquainted with

      Naples and the Royal family).

 

13. An automaton dressed as a Spaniard blowing the flageolet.

 

14. An eight-foot high pendulum clock playing 12 musical pieces on steel rods, running

      without interruption for 8 days.

 

15. A musical clock whose chimes were accompanied by trumpets and drums parading

      in the background.

 

16. The Emperor Francis on horseback.

 

17. Several Austrian generals.

 

18. A writing machine.