Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box with clock

    Singing bird box with clock


    Early the 20th century

    Antoine Salmon

    Metal, painted feathers; gilding, casting, chasing, painted enamel

    6 х 10 х 6.5 cm, 717 gr

    Inscriptions: "SWISS", "709"


    Singing bird box in rectangular gilded metal case on semispherical feet. The top side of the case is decorated with volumetric floral ornament and embowed metal plates surrounding an oval lid. Enamel image of mountain landscape with a female figure in the foreground is on the lid external side. The lid inner surface is mirror-polished. The case perimeter is decorated with the embossed figures of infants with flower garlands. The lever for switching the bird's movement on is on the case front side. 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. After a few seconds the bird stops and hides. One more movement is in the box - the music one. It can be activated and function independently. The automaton is created following the scheme developed in Switzerland in 1895. Automatic cam-controlled with whistle and bellow.