Lot 82
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THE SINGING BIRD COFFRET

Estimate
400,000 - 600,000 USD
Sold
490,000 USD
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Description

  • A SUPERB GOLD, ENAMEL AND PEARL OVAL COFFRET ENCLOSING A SINGING BIRD MADE FOR THE TURKISH MARKET <br />ATTRIBUTED TO JACOB FRISARD<br /> BOX BY MOULINIÉ BAUTTE CIE GENEVA <br />CIRCA 1800
• in the form of an oval coffret, the hinged cover finely enameled with an elaborate display of flowers and fruit within a border of running grapevine, executed in graduated split pearls, translucent green leaves entwining a red band all on blue ground, this border repeated on the base, the pearls replaced by white enamel, the sides with four further vignettes of flowers and fruit on pink ground, surfaces of translucent green enamel on engine-turned ground, the cover opening to reveal a brightly feathered singing bird with swiveling body, moving wings, tail and beak on a free standing spray of green enamel leaves above the top plate which is finely enameled with a bird's nest within a bower of roses, tulips, wisteria and other spring flowers • the bird playing on demand, its song released by pulling a cord mounted at the front • the oval movement carrying the circular bellows, piston, whistle and fly, wheels mounted on a half plate • the lid stamped three times with the goldsmith's maker’s mark MB&C incuse in lozenge for Moulinié Bautte & Cie., • contemporary red leather case
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