A gilt-metal and enamel singing bird box with timepiece, by C. H. Marguerat,  circa 1930,
Lot 41*
A gilt-metal and enamel singing bird box with timepiece, by C. H. Marguerat, circa 1930,
Sold for £4,560 (US$ 7,444) inc. premium

Lot Details
A gilt-metal and enamel singing bird box with timepiece
A gilt-metal and enamel singing bird box with timepiece, by C. H. Marguerat,
circa 1930,
Ser. No. 663,
Bat. No. 178,
with going-barrel movement, the bird with busy multi-coloured feathered plumage in midnight blue, lime green, turquoise and red with orange and green iridescent highlights, moving bone beak, wings and tailfeather to continuous birdsong, rising through pressed and chased gilt grille against highly polished gilt interior, lid with engraved musical instrument and floral ensemble, petit laurel-leaf and mitre boss border, the main lid with velvet engine-turned decoration beneath powder pink enamel, black bar enamel compliment edges, the timepiece with silvered dial, Western Arabic numerals in black with blued slender cardet hands, wind/set crown to underside edge, sides with quatrefoil and linier wave-line ground panels, shaped corners and quadruplet and cat's-eye panel to underside, with period key, start/stop button to front-right, in lined dark blue leather travelling case - 4in. (10cm) wide

Footnotes

  • A similar singing bird box in electric blue enamel from Marguerat but from their Austrian factory, was offered as lot 38 in the Fine Scientific & Mechanical Musical Instruments sale in these rooms on Wednesday 19th March 2008.

    Although the case on this piece is superb, the movement has a fault not seen before; the song in question is the most popular number seven (from the original Bontems catalogue featuring eleven melodies). The melody starts and ends in the middle due to the song running cam installed 180 degrees past correct position on the spindle. In order for this to run with the melody stopping and starting correctly, the wheel will have to be re-milled to fit 180 degrees past its current position on the centre spindle.

    It was not uncommon for pieces by Marguerat to leave the factory with non-essential technical problems, through speed of meeting financial targets.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Lot symbols
* Import low rate

VAT on imported items at a preferential rate of 5% on Hammer Price and the prevailing rate on Buyer's Premium.

Contacts
  1. Customer Services (UK)
    Customer Services
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7447 7447
    FaxFax: +44 20 7447 7401
  2. Shipping (UK)
    Logistics - Shipping
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7468 8302
    FaxFax: + 44 20 7629 9673
  3. Jon Baddeley
    Specialist - Scientific Instruments
    Bonhams
    Work
    Montpelier Street
    London, United Kingdom SW7 1HH
    Work 0207 393 3872
    FaxFax: +44 20 7393 3873
Similar Items