JEWELLERY, DECORATIVE & FINE ARTS AUCTION Tuesday, 5 December 2023 - 10:00 AM start

A rare early 20thC French Bontem singing bird gilded box,

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

Current Bid $2,900 (6 bids, reserve not met)
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Lot Details

the crisp-tooled gilt metal engraved case of rectangular form, slide button switch to the front releasing the hinged lid and exposing the iridescent feathered singing bird, with articulated bone beak, the wings and body move from side-to-side with accompanying synchronised bird song, standing above a grilled and engraved oval panel. Key wind, working order, hinged back flap revealing the key. When the bird finishes singing and closes into the box, sometimes it catches on the lid. 98 x 65 x 35mm (when closed).To see video of the box in action, copy the below link into your browser to view: