1045. Breguet A very rare and highly attractive gilt metal singing bird box with automated drawer and winding key 寶璣，十分罕有，銅鍍金動偶鳥鳴盒，1936年製。附鳥形上鍊鑰匙
Case No. Material Dimensions
3718 Gilt metal 101mm x 67mm x 60mm Case signed and numbered Breguet 3718
HKD 190,000-280,000 USD 24,400-35,900 Literature For a history bird boxes and other examples see Flights of Fancy Mechanical Singing Birds, Sharon & Christian Bailly
These Breguet bird boxes are extremely rare with fewer than 30 known and they were most likely produced only by special order. The boxes appeared in two series, with the frst from the 1930s until the 1940s and the second from the mid-1950s to the 1960s. The bird boxes were available in two sizes, a large version like the present example featuring the bird and secret compartment, and a smaller size. The movement is signed AB France for Bontems, the legendary maker known for their technical skills and authenticity of the bird song. In lovely original condition, this very rare bird box is a wonderful expression of the technical skills of the House of Breguet. According to the archival information from Breguet, the Singing Bird “BREGUET N° 3718” was made by Bontems for Breguet in June 1936. The piece was sold on April 23, 1937 to Mr ERSTEIN for the sum of 2,300 French Francs.
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