Consigned by descendants of the Duchesse d'Orléans and preserved in very crisp overall condition, the present musical singing bird box is a fine and very unusual example for the decorative work made in Geneva in the early 19th century, demonstrating the collaboration between two of the most celebrated workshops of the time: Frères Rochat and Jean-Georges Rémond.
For a note on Frères Rochat see the following lot.
Jean-Georges Rémond (Reymond)
The lavish case is the work of one of Geneva's most celebrated casemakers, Jean-Georges Rémond or Reymond, renowned "monteur de boîtes en or" or maker of gold cases. In 1790 he founded Georges Rémond & Cie., excelling in elaborate gold cases for watches and snuff boxes, often destined for the export to the Orient. Rémond & Cie. worked for Les Fères Rochat, Piguet & Capt, Jaquet-Droz & Leschot and Frisard, the cases often decorated with enamel scenes by Lissignol, Richter, Dupont and others.