Lot: 9. Swiss Singing Bird Tabatiere by Bruguier in Original Velvet Case
4" (10 cm.) x 2 1/2". Encased in a fancily engraved silver gilt and enamel case with re-entrant corners and an oval lid featuring a detailed hand-painted floral bouquet on the lid. The lid opens to reveal a song bird with iridescent plumage on a pierced grill. The bird box is presented in its own leather transit case. monogrammed E.O.,with purple silk lining and a compartment at the rear for winding key. Movements and Music. Wound from the underside and put in play by means of the lever on the front,having five animations: turning body side-to-side,wings flapping,head turning independently of the body,lower beak opening and closing,tail fluttering. The birdsong cycle is made up of six melodic stages,some of them in staggered repetition and the sequence determined by a shifting cluster of cams within the mechanism. The sequence is 1,2,3,2,3,4. Jacques A. Bruguier,Geneva,from the family of singing bird makers,possibly the last of the famous names to build fine quality bird boxes,circa 1875.
Realized Price: 9500
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