The Art of Horology in Geneva

Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Nov 13, 1999

LOT 84

FR (Rochat) and PM (Piguet & Meylan), No. 700,the enamel painting attributable to Jean-Abraham Lissignol, Geneva, circa 1820.Very fine and rare 18K gold and enamel, turquoise set singing bird box with music.

CHF 70,000 - 90,000

Sold: CHF 73,600

C. Rectangular with rounded corners, engine-turned, borders and corners chased with black champlevé enamelled decoration over a matted ground, the singing bird aperture with turquoise set bezel. Hinged left side panel for the key compartment. The singing bird box cover enamelled with a very finely painted scene, depicting Jupiter and Calista, inspired from an engraving by Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807), kept in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. Inner engine-turned cover. Musical movement: pinnedrum musical train with two sets of stacked tuned teeth. Singing bird movement: rectangular plates with turned pillars, fusee with chain, rectangular bellow, the bird with moving wings, tail, beak and turning head, controlled by a stack of 8 cams, gold engraved grill.Signed with the Rochat FR punch mark on the back plate. The music signed with the Piguet & MeylanPM, punch markDim. 77 x 51 x 23 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 2 - 6
Movement: * 3


Jean Abraham Lissignol(born in Geneva on May 1749, died in Plainpalais on June 28, 1819).Very fine enameller, he was the pupil of Jean-Marc Roux and became his partner. Specialised on snuffboxes and watch cases, he worked for Jaquet-Droz and Leschot, the Rochat Brothers and John Rich.For a biography of Piguet & Meylan, please refer to lots 86 and 87 of this sale.From the Mark Yaffe Collection