Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box

    Singing bird box


    circa 1930

    Ivory, mother of pearl, ebony, brass, steel, feathers; parfling, polishing, lathing

    11 x 5 x 6 cm, 363 gr


    Singing bird box in rectangular ivory case on ornately shaped pedestal. Top and side panels are decorated with black wood onlays and mother-of-pearl inserts. Oval aperture covered with a brass hinged lid with ivory onlay featuring two birds sitting on blossoming branches is in the center of the top panel. The lid is smooth inside. A sliding switch for activating the bird's movement is on the right lateral panel. An aperture with a pin for the bird's movement winding and two screws' heads are on the bottom panel. When the movement is switched on, the lid opens; miniature bird in painted feathers of brown, green and yellow colours appears. It turns in place, flaps its wings, moves the tail, opens and closes the beak. The sound movement imitates bird’s chirping. At the end of the program, the bird is hidden in the groove in the openwork gilded lattice and the lid is closed.

    A crown grip with a head in the form of two ears and two apertures, a rod with a square cross-section channel.