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Hong Kong, Mar 09, 2022

LOT 327

Attributable to Karl Griesbaum
Singing-bird box; gilded metal and painted metal

HKD 17,000 - 34,000

EUR 1,950 - 3,900 / CHF 2,000 - 4,000 / USD 2,200 - 4,400

Sold: HKD 22,500

Gilded metal and painted metal, key-winding, horizontal singing-bird box.
Rectangular box made of embossed metal panels, with scenes on green background, on all sides and on the horizontal oval cover, depicting nightingales and a birder teaching them to sing to the sound of his violin.

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Grading System
Grade: A


Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Brand Unsigned, Triberg (Black Forest)

Model attributable to Karl Griesbaum

Year circa 1920-1940

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No. unnumbered

Material gilded metal and painted metal

Caliber 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

Dimensions 50 x 103 x 70 mm. (approx.)

Accessories later fitted box, later metal winding-key


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.


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