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    Karl Griesbaum, Germany, Fine Singing Bird Box, 20th Century
    Box measures 105 x 64 x 44 mm, oval top over a gilt brass grill pierced and engraved with flowers and foliage, case stamped with Griesbaum's mark and box maker's mark "EB", box with raised relief cherubs playing musical instruments, 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. The box present here is based on one of the most expensive designs by Griesbaum produced in the 1930's.


    Condition Report*:

    Type: Karl Griesbaum, Germany, Fine Singing Bird Box
    Metal: gilt brass and metal
    Case Width: 105 x 64 x 44 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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    May, 2014
    22nd Thursday
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