Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird snuffbox

    Singing bird snuffbox


    circa 1920

    Silver, brass, steel, feathers , stones; silk screen printing, chasing, gem stones setting, cloisonne enamel

    4.1 х 10.2 х 7.3 сm, 536 gr


    Singing bird snuffbox in silver rectangular case, decorated with colored cabochons and ornament of cloisonné polychrome enamel on white enamel field. White enamel field with ornament of colorful cloisonne enamel flowers and leaves with golden stars and cabochons of different colors in chased frames is on the top and side panels. A round aperture bordered by a polished frame and closed with a hinged lid in a chased frame is in the center. A painted enamel image of flowers made by silk screen printing method is on the lid. The inner lid surface is smooth. An aperture for the movement winding and three screw heads are on the bottom panel. A sliding lever for the bird’s movement activation is on the front panel. Tobacco compartment with a lid opening upwards in on the reverse side. When the movement is turned on, the lid automatically opens; a miniature 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 mechanism imitates sonorous bird singing. At the end of the program, the bird is hidden in the deepening under the openwork lattice and the lid is lowered.