Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box

    Singing bird box


    20th century

    Silver, brass, steel, enamel, feathers; casting, presswork, painted enamel

    5.4 х 11.2 х 7.2 cm, 610 g

    German sterling silver marks (in the shape of a half moon; a crown “925”, Master's mark “VSH” on the shield under the swan's wings


    Singing bird box in silver rectangular case with bevelled vertical ribs on four curly legs. A relief floral ornament is on the top panel. An oval aperture covered with a hinged lid with an enamel image of a young man with a dog playing a violin to a boy and a girl in the garden against a stonewall is on the top panel center. Its inner surface is smooth. A floral ornament with birds between the branches and leaves is on the lateral sides. A retractable activating on/off rod is on top of the right lateral panel. High goblets are on the vertical ribs. An aperture for the bird's movement winding, three screw heads and hallmarks are on the bottom panel. When the movement is activated, the oval lid opens; a miniature bird in painted feathers of brown, red, green and yellow colours appears. It turns, flaps its wings, opens and closes the beak. The sound mechanism imitates the bird's chirping. At the end of the program, the bird is hidden in the groove in the openwork-gilded lattice and the lid is closed. A winding key with a curved grip with two apertures and a square cross section rod.