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Bontems Automata Singing Bird Clock

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Under its original glass dome, this charming singing bird automata is a jewel of Swiss artistry

Key Features

  • This enchanting automata singing bird clock is the work of Bontems
  • Gleaming doré bronze is complemented by intricate champlevé enamel in this grand design
  • Signed with original dome and keys
  • Stamped "Medaille de Bronze/L. Marti et Cie." and also stamped H&F, Paris, 5751
  • Circa 1860
  • 15" wide x 10 1/4" deep x 18 1/2" high (without dome)

Item Details

  • Width:
    15 Inches
  • Height:
    18 1/2 Inches
  • Depth:
    10 1/4 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    Other Europe
This amazing automata singing bird clock has a feathered bird that comes alive on the hour, singing a delightful tune while moving its beak, flapping its wings and turning from side to side. This work of astounding artistry was crafted by the firm of Bontems. Incorporating a chiming timepiece by L. Marti et Cie., this captivating, Rococo tableau comprises a young lady at her dressing table, enjoying the song of the singing bird perched atop the framed beveled mirror. The importance of this technical marvel is enhanced by exquisite doré bronzework and champlevé enameling of the highest order. Set upon its ebonized pedestal, the key-wound mechanism is protected by its original blown-glass dome. The automaton comes with its original keys and is stamped "Medaille de Bronze/L. Marti et Cie." and "H&F, Paris, 5751."

Circa 1860

15" wide x 10 1/4" deep x 18 1/2" high (without dome)

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