Bought by a member of a British family in the 19th century; thence by descent until gifted recently to a British charity
May 25, 03:15 PM GMT
40,000 - 60,000 GBP
A jewelled gold and enamel singing bird box, Rémond, Lamy, Mercier & Co, Geneva, circa 1815,
rectangular with rounded corners, all sides with wavy engine-turning within a border of gold scrollwork and midnight blue taille d'épargne ovals and lozenges, the lid centred with an octagonal plaque chased with a musical trophy including a turquoise-set harp, a mandolin, a trumpet and a ewer on a sablé ground, in a frame of turquoise cabochons, opening to reveal a singing bird with a small ivory beak, flapping its hummingbird-feathered wings, its support mounted on a plaque engraved with the silhouette of a bird and with scalloped edges, the inner cover engine-turned, key compartment, maker's mark, unofficial Geneva third standard mark, with associated key and another spare one, in a silk-lined tooled leather case, circa 1830 and cardboard box stamped for: Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company / 112 Regent Steet, London W.
7.8cm., 3¼in. wide