Kent’s Canterbury Auction Galleries were one of the few salerooms to hold a good quality art and antiques sale in August.
Their sale of August 14 included this very fine Swiss
silver-gilt and enamel rectangular singing bird automaton musical
box by celebrated Geneva maker Charles Bruguier (1788-1862).
The enamel decoration included a view of an alpine landscape to
the cover and a further four circular enamelled vignettes of alpine
flowers set within white and black enamelled borders to the
Measuring 33/4in (9.5cm) across, it was offered in its original
red morocco leather case complete with a key to wind the fusee
movement working the bellows and the mechanism that causes the bird
Sold by a private North Kent collector who had bought it
relatively recently from a dealer, and estimated at £4500-6000, it
sold at £19,000 (plus 15% buyer's premium) to a Russian buyer
against underbidding from the UK trade.
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