'Singing bird' musical box could auction for £120,000


2015-06-26 11:56:33


'Singing bird' musical box could auction for 120,000

Made in France in 1795, this enchanting box will play a tune worth up-to six figures at Bonhams

A stunning gold, enamel and split-seed pearl 'oiseau chantant' (singing bird) box (estimated at 80,000-120,000) is to be auctioned at Bonhams' in Knightsbridge on Wednesday 21 April.

Made in France in 1795 by Frres Rochat, the box is a perfect example of the highly skilled craftsmanship which the creation of these ultimate luxury objects demanded.

The gold, enamel and split-seed pearl 'oiseau chantant' box

Also on sale is the only surviving privately owned example of a Victorian 'Lion' treadle lock-stitch sewing, estimated at 20,000-30,000.

Other highlights include a musical liqueur set and smokers companion box in the shape of a chalet (estimated at 3,500-4,000), dating from 1911.

The auction is one of two a year devoted to fine mechanical music and scientific instruments (the other is on 3 November) and features over 140 lots ranging from pocket globes to musical snuffboxes.

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