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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Hong Kong, October 27, 2018

LOT 330

UNSIGNED, ATTRIBUTABLE TO ARMAND MARGUERAT, GENEVA SINGING BIRD BOX, GILDED SILVER

Gilded silver, enamel, key-winding, horizontal rectangular-shaped, singing bird box The scene painting on enamel on copper on the cover shows a young man making cherries to a young woman.ar a river, while another young man spies them away.

Brand Unsigned

Year Circa 1900-1920

Caliber Rectangular (90 x 50 mm) brass, with fusee and chain, bellows and cams

Accessories Fitted box; winding-key

Dimensions 97.5 x 58 x 35 mm.

HKD 48,000 - 64,000

CHF 6,000 - 8,000 / USD 6,200 - 8,300

Sold: HKD 77,500


Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3-8

Good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense


Notes

Marguerat, Charles-Armand (1887-1931) Charles-Armand Marguerat was born at Lutry, near Lausanne, but set up business in Geneva circa 1914. From 1915-1919, he styled himself as "fabricant de montres" (watchmaker), working from 9, rue de Savoie. From circa 1920 until his death in 1931, he moved in another part of Geneva, to 18, Avenue de la Gare des Eaux-Vives, where he advertised the "Manufacture d'oiseaux chantants". He is noted for rectangular boxes with a small round timepiece mounted on two pillars above the box. The clock mechanism can be set to trigger the bird box in the same way as an alarm, or the box may be played independently.He is then in Geneva, one of the last active singing-bird makers. The factories Patek Philippe as Vacheron Constantin buy from time to time its mechanical to incorporate them into their own products; A... which proves the quality of his work!