The sides in cobalt blue with a central enameled cartouche depicting a courtship scene, the four corners set with glass jewels to simulate lapis lazuli, the top in a ground of ecru with florets to the corners with pop-up lid bearing an enameled courtship scene. Marked 1793, Reuge Music Sainte Croix Made in Switzerland. " The music box measures 4-5/8" x 2.5" x 1-7/8" & features lapis corner stones & transfer designs meant to evoke an earlier period & style of finely painted & fired enamel work. Working beautifully & the tiny bird retains 100% of his feathering.
Wound from the underside, this piece is started by sliding a small lever at its front to the right, then automatically stops at the end of his 15 second performance. The bird animates perfectly as follows: wings flap up/down, beak opens/closes, tail flutters up/down, bird turns left/right all the while singing to a beautiful oscillating bird song that is synchronized to the bird animation, singing to his audience.
Made in Germany by the successors to the Karl Griesbaum company, these Bird boxes such as this are becoming ever-so-difficult to obtain in such nice condition. Designer: Reuge Music Production Year: dating from approx.1977-78 Series Limited Edition - No. 1793 Material: Hard enamel, Lapis Lazuli, Includes: Original Music Box, Original protective box Condition: Exquisite pre-owned condition. The item "RARE Vintage Reuge Enamel & Lapis Singing Birdbox Music Box Automoton" is in sale since Thursday, February 6, 2020.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes\1970-Now". The seller is "therelux" and is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. This item can be shipped to United States.