Antique Singing Bird Box by Charles Bruguier

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A magnificent solid silver gilt and enamel singing bird box by jacques bruguier of geneva, switzerland with fusee automaton movement. the box is a tour de force of the silversmith and engravers skill with superb geometric patterns surrounding the case on an engine turned field. the base is beautifully decorated on a hatched field with engraved flowers to the corners . there is a moulding surrounding the upper edge of the case which is decorated in a flowing rococco style with trailing flowers. the top of the case is decorated with flower ptterns in high relief with geometric patterns in blue and black enamel. the enamel lid, in excellent condition shows a wonderfully executed alpine scene with a alpine cottage to the left and a lake with boats in the forground. the underside of the lid is beautifuly painted with flowers against a dark blue ground. the singing bird box has its original outer box. the key wound chain driven fusee movement working the bellows & driving multiple cams that on sliding the operating lever to the front, the lid opens and the bird pops up and 1/ turns its head from left to right, 2/ flaps the wings and finally 3/ pirouettes left and right. on completion of his 20 second performance he drops through the superbly pierced silver gilt grille and the lid closes after him. swiss circa1850- 1870. 4 inches by 2.5 inches by 1.5 inches (10 cms by 6.25 cms by 3.75 cms).

Price: £22,000 ( British Pounds )

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Gavin Douglas Fine Antiques

75 Portobello Road
W11 2QB
United Kingdom

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