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A parcel-gilt silver and enamel singing bird box
Estimate
8,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 18,000 GBP
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4
A parcel-gilt silver and enamel singing bird box
Estimate
8,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 18,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A parcel-gilt silver and enamel singing bird box

the movement numbered 260 within three tulips,  Charles Abraham Bruguier, Geneva, circa 1845, the movement also with workmaster or restorer's incised signature: WG 1160

rectangular, the exterior decorated with a bold design of translucent green scrolls between blue enamel strapwork devices, the ground decorated with different types of engine-turned pattern, the oval lid opening to reveal the dancing and piping feathered automaton


Quantity: 2
width 8.8cm, 3 3/8 in, with key
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Catalogue Note

The 'three tulips' stamped on the movement on this box are traditionally associated, when in a lozenge, with the Rochat brothers in Geneva. Sharon Bailly (Karman) illustrates the same combination of numeral and separate tulips on the movement of a comparable gold singing bird box of similar date (Oiseaux de bonheur, Geneva, 2001, pp. 272/3). Since the movement and box style are of the type more usually associated with the Bruguier family, she suggests that the Bruguiers acquired and used Rochat blanks. It is also possible that Charles Abraham Bruguier senior assumed the stamp, as a mark of quality, before his own name became recognised in its own right.

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