A small Fréres Rochat two colour gold singing bird box, Swiss, 1809-1819,

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Lot 221
A small Fréres Rochat two colour gold singing bird box,
Swiss, 1809-1819,

Sold for £ 43,200 (US$ 57,603) inc. premium

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A small Fréres Rochat two colour gold singing bird box, Swiss, 1809-1819,
bed-plate stamped RF and numbered 217, the going barrel movement with feathered bird with beak, head and wings automation, in two colour gold case bearing a Paris 1809-1819 petite gaurantie mark, with chased leaf and engine turned decoration, inset with pearls and turquoises, in later red leather travelling case 7 by 5 by 2cm

Footnotes

  • David Rochat formed an association with his three sons François Elisée Rochat, (1771-1836), Frédéric Rochat, (1774-1848) and Samuel Henri Rochat, (1777-1854).in about 1800. The Rochat workshop had supplied singing bird movements to Jaquet Droz, and continued to do so when Jean-Frédéric Leschot took over the Jaquet Droz firm following Henry-Louis Jaquet Droz’ death in 1792. Following David's death in 1812, the three Rochat brothers moved to Geneva and went into business on their own account. They worked there, in the Terreaux de Chantepoulet, until about 1820, at which point Frederic and Samuel moved to the rue de Coutance 76, where they were later aided in their singing bird manufacture by Frederic’s sons Antoine-Frédéric Auguste (b. 1799) and Charles-Louis François (b. 1795). François, who continued in the Terreaux de Chantepoulet, was soon aided in his manufacture of singing bird pieces by his son Ami-Napoleon François (1807-1875, known as Ami).
A small Fréres Rochat two colour gold singing bird box, Swiss, 1809-1819,
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