A GOLD, ENAMEL AND PEARL SINGING BIRD AND MUSICAL BOX, RÉMOND, LAMY, MERCIER & CO., GENEVA, 1815-1820
rectangular, the oval lid painted en plein with Elizabeth Woodville, Queen Dowager of Edward IV delivering up her son Prince Richard, Duke of York (1473-1483) to Cardinal Thomas Bourchier (1404-1486) Archbishop of Canterbury, after an engraving by Francesco Bartolozzi, from the painting by Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727-1785), within a pearl frame, the ground, sides and base engine-turned within chased and dark blue-enamelled foliate borders, hinged key compartments, the lid opening to reveal the unusually-large dancing and singing feathered bird with ivory beak, on an engine-turned ground, key wound chain fusee movement with sliding cam stack to control the bellows and singing, petit barillet musical movement in the right side of the box, maker's mark, Geneva town mark, unofficial 3e titre, the movement unsigned
9.5cm., 3 3/4in. wide
Complete and in good condition, running at time of cataloguing but may benefit from a clean and fresh oil. Musical movement also running at time of cataloguing. Sotheby's does not guarantee functioning.
"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.
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Mark Yaffe Collection, sale, The Art of Horology in Geneva, Antiquorum, Geneva, 13-14 November 1999, lot 83
For another snuff box of similar date, the lid decorated with the same historical subject, see Sharon & Christian Bailly, Oiseaux de Bonheur, Geneva, 2001, p. 257