Stephen Bogoff - Antiquarian Horologist

Patek Philippe Singing Bird Box

Very fine and extremely rare Patek Philippe tortoiseshell and enamel fusee antique singing bird box with original fitted case circa 1850. Shell box with small crack and tiny restored worm holes. Lovely enamel cover painted with birds and flowers. The movement attributed to Rochat Freres.

When the slide is activated the lid opens, the colorful feathered bird pops up and moves from side to side moving its beak, neck, wings and tail in time with the lovely chirps produced by the internal bellows and tuned pipe. Then the bird drops back into the box and the lid closes automatically.

This box has been owned by the same family for generations, possibly since it was new.

Item #
Dimensions 96 x 69 mm
Circa 1850
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