An extremely fine antique silver-gilt and enamel singing bird box, by Charles Bruguier
All of the Bruguier fusee boxes are extremely rare, this one featuring the majestic Swan on the lid is something even rarer, take time to look at the photographs to apreciate the quality of these early boxes.
When wound and start/stop slide to centre slid to the right, the bird rises smoothly through very finely tooled and pierced gilt grille, moving beak, head turning, wings, tailfeather bobbing and body from side-to-side to paused sequential birdsong.
The bird with exquisite alternate banded feathered plumage in lime and dark greens, head with teal green highlighted with orange sides, inset front polished bay border, lid interior with petit-painted enamel study of roses, pansies and French blues within floral spray on duck-egg blue ground, laurel leaf tooled border, in magnificent silver-gilt case with the movement plate beside mainspring ratchet stamped C. BRUGUIER,
3.7/8in. wide, 2.5/8in. deep, 1.5/8in. high - (9.8 x 6.7 x 4.2cm)