Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird snuffbox

    Singing bird snuffbox

    Switzerland, Geneve

    circa 1825

    Bruguier, Charles-Abraham (The Senior)

    Silver, brass, steel, colored feathers; gilding, guilloche, engraving, painted enamel

    9 x 6.5 x 3 cm, 368 gr

    On the sticker: "157"


    Snuffbox in rectangular guilded silver case with rounded vertical ribs. The upper side is guilloched and covered with engraved ornament of floral curls with chased plates in the corners over guilloche surface and chased floral patterns along the perimeter. Cast chased plates are on the box ribs. An oval hinged lid is in the centre. A mountain landscape is depicted on the external side of the lid. A road leading to the town on the lakeside is depicted, four figures are on the road. The miniature painting is bordered with a chased frame. A flower bouquet on blue background is on the lid inner side. The case lateral sides and bottom are decorated with the engraved frames and vignettes comprised of leaves and curls over guilloche surface. A sliding lever for the movement winding is on the upper right front side. A keyhole with engraved arrow indicating the direction of rotation is in the bottom corner. The rear panel hinges upwards, revealing a polished compartment for snuff tobacco. The oval lid opens automatically during the movement operation and a tiny bird in painted feathers appears. It spins, flaps its wings and tail, turns the head, opens and closes the beak; the sound movement imitates bird's chirping. On completion of the movement work the bird hides under the guilded engraved openwork lattice and the lid descends. The movement is winded by silver foil covered key of the peculiar elongated hexagonal shape. Rectangular tortoise-shell case is in the set.