Description

    Fine Sterling Silver Singing Bird Box
    Box measures 100 x 65 x 42 mm, oval top over a silver grill pierced and engraved with flowers and foliage, case hallmarked on the base, box foliage, leaves, birds and flowers, brightly feathered revolving bird with moving wings, beak and tail, controlled by two cams mounted beneath the barrel wheel, going barrel and rectangular bellow

    Note: Originally, singing bird boxes were constructed to teach canaries to sing a particular melody. Later, they became one of the most favorite Chinese Emperors' luxury objects. In the Forbidden City Collection there are numerous examples, such as a singing bird clock by Hangry, or an unsigned French clock with enamel panels and singing bird box. They were some of the most expensive purchases the Emperors made.


    Condition Report*:

    Type: Fine Sterling Silver Singing Bird Box
    Metal: sterling silver
    Case Width: 100 x 65 x 42 mm
    Watch Movement: rectangular brass, going barrel and rectangular bellows, motion controled by two cams mounted beneath the barrel bridge
    Circa: 20th century
    Condition: box is in very good condition, bird is very good, song and motion very good, movement is very good and working well


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    21st Thursday
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