29 May 2008,
Price realised HKD 667,500
Estimate HKD 120,000 - HKD 160,000
FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE, STERLING SILVER AND ENAMEL KEYLESS SINGING BIRD BOX WITH CLOCK
MANUFACTURED IN 1931
Caliber 12''', 15 jewels, Earnshaw balance, going barrel and rectangular bellows, the silvery dial with Radium-coated Arabic numerals, outer minute track, in rectangular box with floral swags on translucent azure enamel panels, chased gilt silver borders, activated upon request, the hinged champlevé enamel lid depicting the "Pont du Mont Blanc" and the "Ile Rousseau", opens to reveal a singing bird with realistically imitated bird song, the bird with multi-coloured feathers, rotating on its axis, flapping its wings and tail, and opening its beak, automatically retreats and closes the lid when the song has finished, winding lever and crown to the base, singing bird activated by a slide on the right panel, case numbered
Dimensions: 35 x 95 x 55 mm.
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Hong Kong +852 2760 1766
Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766
Accompanied by a leather protective travelling box.
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