Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box

    Singing bird box

    West Germany

    The 1950-1970s

    Steel, brass, enamel, metal, painted birds feathers; polishing, champlevé enamel, painted enamel, glazed enamel, mechanical work

    5.1 x 11.8 x 7 cm

    On the bottom panel: “MADE IN WEST GERMANY”


    Rectangular gilded metal case with bevelled ribs and blue enamel lateral panels with goldish frames, with convex hemispherical onlays, on four chiseled feet. Inserts from translucid fabric are on the ribs. Oval medallions with polychrome enamel scenes with boys and girls beneath trees, surrounded by sheep and herbs are on the front and on the rear sides. White enamel top panel is decorated with multi-colored flower bouquets of flowers on the corners. Oval aperture, rimmed by embossed frame with ornament and closed by the hinged lid with enamel image of young man standing under the tree and sitting shepherd girl, two girlies and lambs, in polished frame is in the upper panel center. The lid inner side is gilded and mirror polished. Fixed key for the movement winding is on the case glossy rear panel. The sliding on/off lever of the bird mechanism with embossed goldish onlay and inscription: “MADE IN WEST GERMANY” is on the front panel top right-side part. When the mechanism is switched on the lid opens automatically, miniature bird in painted red, yellow, black and brown feathers appears on the openwork gilded lattice, it flaps the wings, opens and closes its beak, the sound movement imitates the sonorous birds’ chirping. When the movement winding finishes, the bird hides in the cavity in the openwork lattice and the lid descends. The bird movement is spring driven with fusee system of mechanism stabilization.