A SILVER-GILT AND ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX, CHARLES BRUGUIER, GENEVA, MID 19TH CENTURY
A SILVER-GILT AND ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX, CHARLES BRUGUIER, GENEVA, MID 19TH CENTURY
A SILVER-GILT AND ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX, CHARLES BRUGUIER, GENEVA, MID 19TH CENTURY
A SILVER-GILT AND ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX, CHARLES BRUGUIER, GENEVA, MID 19TH CENTURY
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A SILVER-GILT AND ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX, CHARLES BRUGUIER, GENEVA, MID 19TH CENTURY

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

A SILVER-GILT AND ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX, CHARLES BRUGUIER, GENEVA, MID 19TH CENTURY

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Lot Sold:25,000GBP

Lot Details

Description

A SILVER-GILT AND ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX, CHARLES BRUGUIER, GENEVA, MID 19TH CENTURY


rectangular with fluted corners, the lid brightly enamelled with flower bouquets on a turquoise ground within ondulating black enamel border, centred by an enamel panel representing an alpine lakescape, opening to reveal a small turquoise-feathered singing bird with ivory beak rising from a pierced oval grille, its bird opening, its wings flapping, the inside of lid plaque enamelled in the same turquoise enamel, the sides with floral foliage over diaper pattern, the fusee movement signed 'C. Bruguier, Genève' and numbered: 529, in the original fitted leather case, later key

9.5cm., 3¾in wide

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Condition Report

Very good condition.

Tiny loss to enamel along the rim on the central plaque, small loss to blue enamel on the right side of the lid, bird in excellent condition.

The musical movement currently working well, but Sotheby's does not guarantee the functioning of movements.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Saleroom Notice

This lot contains ivory and other restricted materials. Sotheby's recommends that buyers check with their own government regarding any importation requirements prior to placing a bid. For example, US regulations restrictor prohibits the import of certain items (including ivory) to protect wildlife conservation. Please note that Sotheby's will not assist buyers with CITES licence applications where a buyer elects to either collect or arrange their own shipping, nor will Sotheby's assist with the international movement of ivory/rhino horn by air, either as freight or through hand carry. Sotheby's shipping will only assist in shipping the lot to either domestic UK or EU destinations, where delivery is made by road transport. A buyer's inability to export or import these lots cannot justify a delay in payment or sale cancellation.

Cataloguing

Catalogue Note

Charles Abraham Bruguier, born in Geneva in 1788, was 'the last of the great makers of singing birds in the true tradition of the Jaquet-Droz', to whom the invention of singing bird boxes has traditionally been attributed (Geoffrey T. Mayson, Mechanical Singing-Bird Tabatières, London, 2000, p. 16). Bruguier's son, also named Charles Abraham, was born in 1816, and the family lived in London between 1816 and 1822, where Bruguier improved his craftmanship further on mechanical boxes of all sorts. His son continued his business later on, and much like Bontems, they did not only make these colourfully-enamelled cheerful bird boxes, but also specialised in repairing earlier examples of earlier automaton makers, such as Jaquet-Droz and Leschot. The example in the present lot has a ornamental lever which seems to be more charactetistic for boxes of the later years.

STYLE: European Silver, Gold Boxes and Ceramics
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