Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box

    Singing bird box


    20th century

    Silver, brass, steel, feathers; grinding, presswork, filigree, champlevé enamel

    5.2 х 11.6 х 7.2 cm, 529 gr

    Marks of German sterling silver in the form of half moon, crown, “800”, “Silver”. “E.T. SILATTERY Co” - the highest quality retail shop in Boston, USA.


    Singing bird box in rectangular silver case with rounded ribs and meshed surface, decorated by onlayed floral filigree polychrome champlevé enamel. An oval aperture, closed by a folding stamped lid with the image of two angels releasing a bird from the cage is in the center of the top panel. An ornament with a flower and a bird from the "Garden of Eden" of polychrome champlevé enamel in a curly silver frame is on the front and rear panels. An activating rod is on the right lateral side, a keyhole for a bird movement winding is on the bottom side. When the rod is extended, the oval cover opens; a miniature bird in painted feathers appears. It swirls in place, flaps its wings, opens and closes the beak; the sound movement imitates bird’s chirping. At the end of the programe, the bird hides in the deepening under the open work gilded lattice and the lid closes.