Swiss Fuseé Silver and Enamel Singing Bird Box by Bruguier
Swiss Fuseé Silver and Enamel Singing Bird Box by Bruguier Swiss Fuseé Silver and Enamel Singing Bird Box by Bruguier Swiss Fuseé Silver and Enamel Singing Bird Box by Bruguier Swiss Fuseé Silver and Enamel Singing Bird Box by Bruguier Swiss Fuseé Silver and Enamel Singing Bird Box by Bruguier
Swiss Fuseé Silver and Enamel Singing Bird Box by Bruguier
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Swiss Fuseé Silver and Enamel Singing Bird Box by Bruguier

  • The renowned Charles Bruguier created this rare, early Swiss fusée singing bird box
  • The ornate silver case is exquisitely chased and embellished with brilliant hand enameling
  • Fusée movements are known for playing longer and clearer than any other type
  • He produced an average of only 27 of these precious boxes per year during his career
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Exceptional artistry and amazing mechanical craftsmanship distinguish this early Swiss fuseé singing bird box by the renowned Charles Bruguier. The earliest bird boxes were fuseé, or chain driven, and are famed for playing longer and clearer than later models. During Bruguier's career, he produced an average a scant 27 of these precious boxes per year. This example is among the handful of his creations known to exist in such wonderful working condition and it is considered among the rarest and finest of all bird boxes.

Crafted of silver, the case is beautifully chased and intricately hand-painted with a vibrant enamel floral motif on the lid. Even more remarkable than its exterior, however, is the masterpiece housed within. With just the touch of a button, the top cover opens to reveal a singing bird with colorful hand-applied hummingbird plumage rising from a pierced silver stage. As it chirps its enchanting song, the tiny bird moves not only its beak but also its head and wings while turning from side to side. Overall, the detailing of the craftsmanship is simply stunning.

Singing bird boxes such as this example boast some of the most complicated movements of all automata. The earliest bird boxes were fusée, or chain driven, which meant they played longer and clearer than later models. Few boasted as complex a movement as this example, which is composed of hundreds of complicated moving parts within the diminutive case. A painstaking and costly process was required to create just one of these elaborately ornamented treasures, and each was wonderfully unique. Bird boxes exhibiting this superior level of detail and design are extremely rare today, especially those in such excellent, working condition.

Mid-19th century

3 7/8" wide x 2 1/2" deep x 1 3/8" high
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Period: 19th Century
Origin:Switzerland
Type:Bird Boxes
Material:Silver
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