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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Hong Kong, October 27, 2018

LOT 329

CHARLES BRUGUIER SINGING BIRD BOX, GILDED SILVER

Gilded silver, enamel, key-winding, horizontal rectangular-shaped, singing bird box The enamel scene painting on the copper cover showing a lakeside landscape inspired by the Vierwaldstättersee (literally "Lake of the Four Forested Settlements" or in French "Lac des Quatre-Cantons"), near Luzern.

Brand Charles Bruguier

Year Circa 1850-1860

Caliber Rectangular (85 x 45 mm) brass, with fusee and chain, bellows and cams

Accessories Winding-key

Dimensions 91 x 57.5 x 33 mm.

Signed Movement (engraved with a dry point // an etchin.edle)

HKD 200,000 - 300,000

CHF 25,000 - 37,500 / USD 25,650 - 38,500

Sold: HKD 250,000


Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 2-30-77

Very good

Alterations

ENAMEL AND VARIOUS TYPES OF DECORATION Restored soft enamel

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense


Notes

Bruguier, Charles (1788-1862), Geneva Genevan mechanician. Charles-Abraham Bruguier spent the first years of his career working for other manufacturers making automata, before returning to Geneva and establishing his own business. His workshops continued under the guidance of his two sons, followed by his grandson. Bruguier understood better than his predecessors (Jaquet-Droz, Leschot and Les Frères Rochat) the secrets of successfully recreating "bird-song", and he achieved considerable improvements in the design of the movements.