Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box

    Singing bird box

    Germany, Pforzheim

    The 20th century

    Brenk Emil

    Metal, brass, steel, feathers; gilding, chasing, painted enamel, champlevé enamel

    5.3 x 10.5 x 7 cm, 531 gr

    Maker's mark on the bottom panel: Latin letters “EB” in oval, inscriptions “FOREIGN”, “METALL”


    Singing bird box in metal gilt box in the form of a casket, decorated with elegant chased ornamentation and enamel images. Chased floral ornament with black and white enamel elements over repousse background covered with pink transparent enamel is on the top panel. An oval aperture bordered with a chased frame and multi-coloured enamel flower bouquets closed with a hinged lid in a chased frame is in the center. Painted enamel images of trees and buildings along the lakeshore and mountain peaks in the background are on the lid. The inner surface is mirror-polished. The side panels are chased with geometric patterns. A smooth field with chased ornamentation, hallmarks and a keyhole for movement winding are on the bottom panel. A sliding lever for activating the bird’s movement is on right top part of the front panel. When the mechanism is turned on, the oval lid automatically opens, a miniature bird in bright plumage appears; it turns on place, flaps its wings, opens and closes the beak. The sound movement imitates a sonorous bird chirping. At the end of the program, the bird hides in the deepening under the openwork lattice and the lid closes. The movement is spring-actuated, with a fusee - system of stabilization.