Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box

    Singing bird box

    Switzerland, Geneve

    circa 1850

    Bruguier, Charles-Abraham (The Senior)

    Silver, brass, steel, feathers; gold plating, punch work, blackening, coloured enamel painting

    9.7 х 6.4 х 4.2 cm, 457 gr

    AIGUILLES (arrows) REMONTOIR_(factory)


    Singing bird box in gold-plated silver case with rounded corners. The top part is covered with painted enamel with floral ornament and decorated along the perimeter with black-and-gold geometric ornament. An oval hinged lid with enamel landscape of Pont-du-Blanc view in Geneva surrounded by punched frame is in the center. It' s inner side is decorated with an image of flower bouquet. The lateral sides surfaces are decorated with chased blue-finished ornament. A panel with round white clock-face with Roman numerals and two hands is in the centre of the front panel. The clock-face is closed with faceted glass. Two square pins for the key with inscriptions in French are beneath the clock-face.. Movement activating sliding lever is on the top panel left. The lower surface is guilloched, with chased ornament with keyholes for music movement winding and a fixing screw head. The oval lid automatically opens when the movement is activated, a miniature bird with painted feathers appears from under it and begins to turn in place, wave its wings, open and close the beak; the sound movement imitates bird’s chirping. When the movement operation is over the bird hides and the cover goes down. The clock with six stones has a cylindrical stroke and flat balancing spring. The movement is made as per the scheme developed in 1895 in Switzerland. The base of the movement is a cam-type with one whistle and air bellows.