Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box

    Singing bird box

    Switzerland, Geneve

    circa 1825

    Freres Rochat

    Gold, brass, steel, feathers; guilloche, engraving, chiselling, champlevé enamel

    3.2 х 8.8 х 5.8 cm, 421 gr

    On the key: "7"


    Combined box with music movement and singing bird in golden case, decorated with chiselled ornaments and enamel images. Area with a reticulate chiselled ornament and wide frame with floral ornaments and dark blue enamel is on the opening upper panel. An oval, bordered with chiselled frame is in the centre. A hinged lid is inside. It is mirror-polished from inside and with a flower and fruit composition on its external surface. Two keyholes with arrows - for winding the musical movement and a screw head are under the opening panel. The surfaces with reticulate chiselled frames with geometric paperns are on the lateral sides of the body; field in wide frame with floral ornament and dark blue enamel is on the bottom. Antique vases with gleanings are on the case ribs. The button for switching on the bird is on the front side up to the right, to the left - the button for switching on the music movement. Both movements are functioning independently. The oval lid opens automatically after switching on the movement, a tiny bird in coloured feathers appears. It spins, flaps its wings and tail, turns the head, opens and closes the beak; sound movement imitates bird's chirping. On completion of the movement's work the bird is hided under the gilded engraved openwork lattice and the lid comes down. The movement is equipped with a fusee - stabilization system for spring force. The winding key with the grip in the form of an oval and circular rings is connected by hexagon with number "7"; the bar is square cross-sectioned.