Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box with clock

    Singing bird box with clock

    Switzerland, Geneve

    circa 1850

    Bruguier, Charles-Abraham (The Senior)

    Silver, brass, steel, painted feathers; gilding, niello, casting, painted enamel

    3.7 х 9.5 х 6 cm, 413 gr

    Under the keyholes on the clock "Aiguille" and "Remontoir". "1" - on one key, "12" - on the other


    Box in rectangular gilded silver case with rounded curly vertical edges . All sides are covered with repousse ornament comprised of branches and leaves, chased geometric pattern is on each side of the perimeter. A chased frieze with volumised images of leaves and flowers is adorning the case. An oval hinged lid is in the center. The alpine landscape with houses standing along the lakeside and distant mountains, a small house in the foreground, tiny figures of people and dogs are depicted on the external side of the lid. The miniature is bordered with a chased frame,. A flower  bouquet on light blue background is on the lid inner side. The front side is graphically divided into three sections. The glassed-covered clock dial with two black hands, black Roman numerals and minutes graduation on white enamel background is in the central part. Keyholes for winding the movement and shifting the with inscription in French are beneath. A sliding lever for the movement activating is on the front side upper part. A keyhole for winding the bird is in the bottom corner. During the movement operation the oval lid opens automatically 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's work the bird hides under the guilded engraved openwork lattice and the lid descends.