Halls (15% buyer’s premium) "It was quite a rare object, in good working order and sang beautifully.”
Such was specialist Christina Trevanion's opinion of the white
metal and enamel Swiss singing bird box that sold for £5200
(estimate £1500-2250) at Halls (15% buyer's premium) of Shrewsbury
on November 10. A typically deluxe product from one of the Swiss
jewellers c.1880, the 33/4in by 21/4in (9.5 x 5.7cm) box was finely
decorated with repoussé scrolls and flowers to the sides and floral
displays of enamels that flanked a central oval scene of a chateau
on a mountain lake. It had only minor chips to the top and
underside of the cover.
Christina Trevanion - this was her debut sale as auctioneer of
these biannual events of jewellery and silver - also hammered down
a 1920s diamond-set bracelet spelling the word Jewell at £1000 and
a beautifully carved hardstone cameo brooch/pendant, c.1870 at
£1400. The latter, in a fitted Wartski box, had a surround of 38
old cut diamonds and two pearls and the subject was an attractive
Top price in the small silver section went to an Art Deco
five-piece tea and coffee service made by B. Gordon, Birmingham in
1932, which made £1200 (estimate £1000-1500), and star of the
miniatures section was a pair of miniatures of the Marquis and
Marchioness of Antrim by William Singleton c.1780, which are
returning to the family at £1800 (estimate £1000-1500).
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