Objects with Movement

Singing bird box

    Singing bird box

    Germany

    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.

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    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.

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    Инв.2331/ДПИ