Singing Birds

Bird cage clock with music box

    Bird cage clock with music box

    Switzerland, La Chaux-de-Fonds

    circa 1800

    Henri Maillardet, Droz, Jaquet

    Bronze, enamel, brass, painted feathers; casting, gilding, painting, mechanical work


    The base painted with landscape scenes in medallions, flowers, volutes and cartouches. Enamel dial underneath. One blued and two fine gilt hands. The movement with quarter striking on two bells. The cage with a sitting, singing and moving goldfinch. One hour trigger with different melodies. Drive mechanism with bellows and ten tin pipes.

    The set includes a double-sided key and a handle.