16 April 2004
PROERTY OF A NEW JERSEY COLLECTOR
A FRENCH GILT-METAL SINGING-BIRD CIGARETTE BOX
THE MOVEMENT MARK OF ALFRED BONTEMS, CIRCA 1900, RETAILED BY FINNIGANS OF NEW BOND STREET
Rectangular, the cover chased with two birds amid scrolling branches, opening to reveal a singing bird with moving beak and wings, the cover surround with flowers and scrolls, a drawer extends when the bird is singing, the sides with conforming decoration, stamped under base France and Finnigans, New Bond Street, London, with key
4in. (102mm.) long
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A singing bird cigarette box is illustrated in Sharon and Christian Bailly, Flights of Fancy: Mechanical Singing Birds, 2001, p. 361.
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