A good and very early tortoiseshell singing bird box, by Charles Bruguier, circa 1819,
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A good and very early tortoiseshell singing bird box, by Charles Bruguier, circa 1819,
Sold for £7,800 (US$ 12,302) inc. premium

Lot Details
A good and very early tortoiseshell singing bird box, by Charles Bruguier,
circa 1819,
No. 47,
with fusee movement, the bird with predominant hues of brown, blood-red and blue, with iridescent green and orange feathered plumage, moving bone beak, head, wings and tailfeather to impressive 1-2-3-4-5-6 sequential birdsong of complex notation from eight cam-stack, seven-turn fusee spool wheel and rectangular bellows, rising through simple pierced gilt grille, the bird reflected in highly polished lid interior, the lid top with full enamel view of a large lakeside chateau with wooded rock-shore bank, sailing boats upon the calm water, a small port behind and vast snow-topped mountainous landscape beyond, the sky with dusk tones of purple and orange, top lorgnette hinge crest engraved with scrolls and plain yellow metal border, in plain tortoiseshell case with two semi-transparent anomalies, the underside panel mostly with transparency, rear key compartment, start/stop in yellow metal front centre, with a key, (bottom beak section missing, grille replaced) - 3.3/4in. (9.5cm) wide

Footnotes

  • This is one of the earliest Charles Bruguier singing bird boxes discovered. The near-perfect condition of the tortoiseshell case accompanies the delights within, with the movement bearing the early signature stamp and the hairpin bellows spring.

    A subtle but noticeable change in the quality of enamel painting on Bruguier boxes, was noticed after 1862 following Charles Bruguier's death. This piece being from the golden Bruguier period before this time, shows this study on the lid as one of the best painted, in the best condition.

    At just over half-wind, the birdsong runs for an impressive 38 seconds.
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