Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box

    Singing bird box


    The 1930s

    Brenk Emil

    Brass, steel, feathers; engraving, presswork, champlevé enamel

    1 x 7.4 x 4.8 cm, 501 gr

    On the bottom: "METALL"; oval master's mark "EB"


    Singing bird box in rectangular case with bevelled ribs made of gold-plated copper alloy. The sides of the case are decorated with engraved floral ornament over white enamel background. The lanes of parallel strokes are on vertical ribs and along the perimeter of the upper panel. Profile feet are at the corners. Engraved image of two birds among the leaves is in the center of and oval lid on the top panel. The lid inner surface is mirror-polished. The lid is automatically opened when the movement is activated; a miniature bird in painted feathers appears from under it. It turns in place, flaps its wings, opens and locks the beak. The sound movement imitates bird chirping. At the end of the program, the bird is hidden under the openwork gilded lattice and the lid is lowered.
    Sliding switch of the singing bird movement is on the front panel right side, the keyhole is on the bottom side of the case. Bird-shaped key.