A fine veri-gold, diamond and ruby embellished singing bird box by Rochet Freres, circa 1825,
Lot 29*
A very fine veri-gold, split seed-pearl, diamond and ruby embellished singing bird box by Rochat Frères, circa 1820,
Sold for £67,250 (US$ 105,043) inc. premium

Lot Details
A very fine veri-gold, split seed-pearl, diamond and ruby embellished singing bird box by Rochat Frères,  circa 1820, A very fine veri-gold, split seed-pearl, diamond and ruby embellished singing bird box by Rochat Frères,  circa 1820, A fine veri-gold, diamond and ruby embellished singing bird box by Rochet Freres, circa 1825, A fine veri-gold, diamond and ruby embellished singing bird box by Rochet Freres, circa 1825,
A very fine veri-gold, split seed-pearl, diamond and ruby embellished singing bird box by Rochat Frères,
circa 1820,
No. 138,
the fusee movement with clutched eight cam-stack, wide-angle elbow windpipe, maker stamp with FR within oval on underplate, rectangular bellows, the bird with streaked layered plumage in dark brown, grey and red feathers, iridescent highlights in green and turquoise, moving head, beak, wings tailfeather and body to predicted paused sequential birdsong, rising through finely chased panel gilt grille, the main ground with diamonds and star unions, semi-circle pierced edge, lid-lock feature intact but catch bolt lacking, plain polished lid interior for full bird reflection, the lid top with delicate floral spray in veri-gold, with central stems tied with bowed ribbon, three large flower heads of mounted diamonds, snowdrop with diamond cascade and ruby centres for other flowers intertwined with further stems and leaves, petit-point border to gilt base, the main lid of exceptional detailed leaf swags, scrolls, berries and daffodil and rose heads set in three tone gold on Florentine gold ground, tooled border with egg-and-dart rim, meeting bird lid with closely-set ring of 51 split pearls (one missing), front and sides with flute-leaf freizes and wave-line ground panels, repeated to rear hidden key compartment, the corners with opposing scroll boss terminals and the underside with fern leaves and matching side frieze scrolls, bordering the multi-wave line ground centre, start/stop button front-right, with female winding key - 3in. (7.8cm) wide

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Given as a wedding present by a Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Matthews to the couple George Westinghouse and Evelyn Violet Brocklebank on their wedding day 6th March 1909.

    A file containing a great number of photostats of the couple, their wedding and full gift list accompanies this lot.
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