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    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 198

    Breguet. A rare and unusual gilt metal singing bird box with original presentation box

    SIGNED BREGUET, NO. 1647, MANUFACTURED IN 1954 AND SOLD TO M. DUCOS IN 1955

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    Breguet. A rare and unusual gilt metal singing bird box with original presentation box
    Signed Breguet, No. 1647, manufactured in 1954 and sold to M. Ducos in 1955
    Keywound movement, engine-turned geometrical motif decorated rectangular box, when opened the oval lid of the similarly decorated bird box is opening simultaneously to reveal a finely pierced and engraved scroll decorated grille and to release the colourfully plumed bird, rotating on its axis, chirping, flapping its wings and opening its beak, also activated/stopped by sliding the lever in the band, plain empty compartment, case signed and numbered
    140 x 112 x 39 mm.


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    With Breguet, 28 Place Vendome, Paris original fitted red presentation box containing a gilt brass key.

    According to the Archives of Montres Breguet, the present "boîte à cigarettes à couvercle, métal guilloché doré avec oiseau chanteur", was manufactured in 1955 and sold to Monsieur Ducos on 1 April 1955.

    This lot is one of the exceedingly rare singing bird boxes signed Breguet to appear in public. According to researches, less than 30 examples of these fine pieces were made by the celebrated house, mainly to special order for their distinguished clientele.

    These boxes were made in two series, one between the mid 1930s and 1940s, the second in the mid 1950s, and were available in two sizes. The larger version, such as the present box, was fitted with a double mechanism activating the singing bird located to the inside either by opening the cover or by sliding a lever.

    The smaller boxes featured the more common aperture for the singing bird on their top, activated by a lever in the band.

    The rarity of the present box is further enhanced by its excellent overall condition, the perfect functioning of the bird, the melodious sound of its chirping and the presence of the original box and a key.