BRUGUIER SINGING BIRD BOX CHALET SUNSET ENAMEL
Jacques Bruguier, No. 2175. Made circa 1860.
Fine, tortoiseshell, gold, painted on enamel and pearl-set singing bird
box. Accompanied by a fitted box and winding key.
Rectangular, entirely made of tortoiseshell, hinged compartment
for key storage, finely painted on enamel oval lid depicting a view of a
sunset on the Saleve with a chalet, the inside painted with a bouquet
of spring flowers on a pale green ground.
Rectangular, 86 x 43 mm. brass, turned pillars, fusee and chain,
rectangular bellows, bird with moving head, flapping wings, opening
beak and fluttering tail, eight cams controlling the piston and
the bird's beak and tail, two additional for the other movements,
long duration of song, precision cam controlled lifting mechanism,
gilt grille engraved with foliate decoration.
Movement punch numbered.