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Hong Kong, Mar 03, 2021

LOT 122

Attributable to Karl Griesbaum
Singing-bird box; silver, gilded silver and enamel

HKD 21,600 - 30,200

CHF 2,500 - 3,500 / EUR 2,400 - 3,300 / USD 2,800 - 3,900

Sold: HKD 27,500

Silver (sterling 0.935) and enamel, key-winding, horizontal-shaped, singing-bird box.

Oval-shaped cover painted on enamel on silver showing three characters in the style of Antiquity.

Movement rectangular (~ 95 x 60 mm.), brass, going barrel, bellows and cams; the revolving bird with moving wings, beak and tail, controlled by two cams mounted beneath the barrel wheel.

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Grading System
Grade: A


Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 3 *

Brand Karl Griesbaum, Triberg (Black Forest)

Model attributable to Karl Griesbaum

Year circa 1920-1930

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No. unnumbered (by “R”)

Material gilded silver and enamel

Length 74 mm.

Caliber rectangular (~ 95 x 60 mm.)

Height 55 mm.

Width 112 mm.

Accessories silver winding-key in the shape of a bird


Griesbaum, Karl (1872-1941)

The firm Griesbaum was founded in 1905 in Germany, in the Black Forest, in Triberg (Baden-Wurttemberg), by Karl Griesbaum (1872-1941). He is the son of Mathias Griesbaum, a clockmaker. He began working as a micro-mechanic in the basement of his home. He has five children who will work with him: Mathias (1902-1974), Amalia, Helena, Caroline and Karl Joseph (b.1916). Mathias studied clockmaking in Fürtwangen, pursued commercial studies in Karlsruhe, as well as in Switzerland. The most typical items of the Griesbaum House are probably their snuff-boxes with a singing bird, particularly those made in a style reminiscent of the traditional German silversmiths of earlier centuries, but also their boxes with two singing birds and those serving as boxes for cigarettes.