A well proportioned antique gilt metal and peacock enamel singing bird box, by Flajoulot,
The Leucistic India peafowl makes his entrance...
When wound and the actuation button slid to the right, the bird emerges through solid plate bird-form gilt grille, moving polished metal beak, wings, tailfeather and body from side-to-side to continuous synchronised birdsong.
The bird with layered feathered plumage in various blue tones with white back and dark green undertail, in bright gilt metal case with shaped indent corners, the bird lid with magnificent painted enamel study of fully outstretched Indian Leucistic peacock in subtle multitoned colours with white iridescence, on bright electric blue ground containing gold speckles, main lid with trumpet urn swag corners repeated to all sides and hidden key compartment at rear.
3.13/16in. wide, 2.5/8in. deep, 1.1/2in. high - (8.1 x 6.7 x 3.8cm)
Point of interest -
It is unusual to see this niche subject used on the lid enamel, but the possibility of this being a commission piece is high; early Flajoulot pieces were often commission-only.
This small firm produced some of the most realiable movements in addition to some of the most recognisable cases.