Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box

    Singing bird box


    the 20th century

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

    6.1 x 13.6 x 8.9 cm, 630 gr

    Marks of German sterling silver In the form of half-moon, crown, “925”, “VSH” under swan with outspread wings on a shield


    Singing bird box in sterling silver gilded oval box on four foliate legs. The lid decorated with three elegant dressed women in a formal garden scene. The box is decorated with cherubs and foliage. When the rod is extended, the oval lid with a man's portrait opens, a miniature bird in painted feathers appears. It turns in place, flaps its wings, opens and closes the beak; the sound mechanism simulates bird chirping. At the end of the program, the bird hides under the openwork gilded lattice and the lid closes.