January 5 is the birthday of Charles-Abraham Bruguier - one of the best masters of musical mechanics
Charles Abraham Bruguier, the senior - the last of the great masters - manufacturers of snuffboxes in the tradition of Jacquet-Droz.
He was born on January 5, 1788 in Geneva, in the family of a watchmaker and continued the family-run business. The workshop produced clocks, unique jewelry, caskets and other customized luxury items.
The artisan achieved prominence by creating snuffboxes with miniature singing birds. He significantly improved the sound and expanded the bird's moving dexterity. His products were decorated by famous Geneva enamellists - Richter, Dufey and Procchietto were among them.
Experts often call Charles-Abraham Bruguier one of the best masters of musical mechanics of the 19th century, and his works occupy a pride place in the expositions of a number of European museums, private collections and galleries.
42 items created by the master are stored in the Museum Collection.
The selection of singing bird boxes and snuffboxes created by Charles-Abraham Brugier is in our PHOTO GALLERY and in the collection subsection OBJECTS WITH MOVEMENT.