Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box

    Singing bird box


    20th century

    Silver, steel, brass, feathers; casting, stamping

    4.4 х 10.1 х 5.6 cm, 404 gr

    German silver marks; "800"


    Singing bird box in a silver cast rectangular case. Images of Cupids playing musical instruments surrounded by branches with leaves and flowers, birds with tufts and long tails and musical instruments are on the top and side panels. An oval aperture framed with a relief ornament, closed by a hinged lid with an angel holding a bird and a nest with chicks on the external surface is in the center of the top panel. A sliding lever for the movement activation in the form of a bird with outstretched wings is on the front panel right upper part. An ornament with a vase with a bouquet of flowers surrounded by acanthus leaves, with roses garland and two birds, an aperture for the bird's winding key, three screw heads and hallmarks are on the bottom stamped panel. When the movement is switched on, the oval lid on the top panel opens, a miniature bird in bright 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 program, the bird descends into the groove in the openwork lattice and the lid is closed.