Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box

    Singing bird box


    20th century

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

    5.5 х 11.8 х 10 сm, 712 gr

    German marks of sterling silver in the shape of half-moon, a crown, “925”, “STERLING”, Master's mark: “R” under the crown


    Singing bird box in silver octagonal case with domed top and cobalt blue enamel sides. An engraved floral ornament between dome polished ribs is on the top panel. An oval aperture in a polished frame, covered with a hinged lid with relief patterns and mascaron is in the center of the top panel. The lid is polished inside. A floral ornament, an aperture for the bird’s movement winding and hallmarks are on the bottom panel. The movement activation rod is on the top panel to the right. When the movement is switched on, the oval lid opens; a miniature bird in the painted feathers of brown, red, green and yellow colours appears. It turns, flaps its wings, opens and closes the beak. The sound mechanism imitates bird's chirping. At the end of the program, the bird is hidden in the groove in the openwork-silvery lattice and the lid is closed.