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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Oct 27, 2019

LOT 40

MA KARL GRIESBAUM RCA SINGING-BIRD BOX IN THE SHAPE OF A PIANO; SILVER

Silver, key-winding, singing-bird box in the shape of a piano; singing-bird cover decorated with musical instruments.

Brand Unsigned

Year Circa 1930-1940

Calibre  Rectangular (90 x 60 mm.) brass, with going barrel, bellows and cams; the revolving bird with moving wings, beak and tail, controlled by two cams mounted beneath the barrel wheel

Dimensions 80 x 105 x 160 mm

Signature Movement

Accessories Silver winding-key (in the shape of a bird)

HKD 32,000 - 40,000

CHF 4,000 - 5,000 / USD 4,050 - 5,050

Sold: HKD 40,000


Grading System
Grade: A

Good

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense


Notes

 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 Furtwangen, 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.