Frères Rochat Tortoiseshell Singing Bird Box
Frères Rochat Tortoiseshell Singing Bird Box Frères Rochat Tortoiseshell Singing Bird Box Frères Rochat Tortoiseshell Singing Bird Box Frères Rochat Tortoiseshell Singing Bird Box
Frères Rochat Tortoiseshell Singing Bird Box
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Frères Rochat Tortoiseshell Singing Bird Box

  • This early Swiss automaton singing bird box was crafted by the great Frères Rochat
  • The box contains a highly complicated and coveted fusée, or chain-drive, movement
  • The mechanism is housed in an elegant tortoiseshell and hand-enameled case
  • Masterfully executed, Rochat singing bird boxes are prized for their exceptional quality
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This exceptionally rare Swiss automaton singing bird box was crafted by the renowned Frères Rochat. The model is set apart by its incredible fusée movement, which allows the tiny automaton bird within to move not only its beak, but also its head and wings as it chirps his delightful song. With just the touch of a button, the top opens to reveal the singing bird with colorful plumage rising from a pierced gilt stage. Its complex fusée, or chain-driven, movement allows the charming piece to play far longer and clearer than later models, which makes early bird boxes particularly prized. Few boasted as complex a movement as this example by Frères Rochat.

The original three Rochat brothers established the firm of Frères Rochat in Geneva in 1813. Masterful technicians, they quickly became famous for perfecting highly complicated singing bird mechanisms, which they placed in decorative boxes, cages, and even mirrors. Bringing together a luxurious tortoiseshell case and an exceedingly intricate movement, this bird box is the perfect example of Frères Rochat's coveted mechanical objets d'art.

Circa 1830

1 1/8" high x 3 5/8" wide x 2 1/2" deep
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Period: 19th Century
Origin:Switzerland
Type:Bird Boxes
Material:Tortoiseshell
Depth:2.5 Inches
Width:3.625 Inches
Height:1.125 Inches
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