Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box

    Singing bird box

    Switzerland, Geneve

    mid 19th century

    Charles Bruguier

    Silver, brass, steel, feathers; guilloche, chasing, gilding, enamel painted (picturesque), enamel champlevé

    3.3 х 8.7 х 6.2 сm, 428 gr


    Singing bird box in silver gilded case adorned with guilloche and engraved ornamentation and a painted enamel image. Guilloche field with an engraved ornament and figured black champlevé enamel frames is on the top panel. An oval aperture bordered by a chased frame and closed with a hinged lid in a chased frame is in the center. Frames - with black champlevé enamel ornamentation. A painted enamel image of a semi-draped woman with one breast bared, painting a rainbow in the sky. Enamel image of a flower garland on a greenish background and butterflies on white background are on the lid inner surface. Chased champlevé black enamel ornament is on the side panels. A guilloched field with a chased ornament, a figured polished medallion and an aperture for movement's switching on/off is on the case bottom panel. A sliding lever for the bird’s movement activation is on the front panel. When the mechanism is turned on, the lid automatically opens, a rather large bird in bright plumage appears on the field with a gilded lattice; it swings in place, flaps its wings, opens and closes the beak. The sound movement imitates sonorous bird’s singing. At the end of the program, the bird is hidden in the deepening under the openwork lattice and the lid is lowered.

    The movement is spring-actuated, with a fusee - system of stabilization.