Mechanical ingenuity and artistry combine in this extremely rare Swiss singing bird cylinder music box. Only a small number of Pièce à Oiseau
music boxes were ever made, and the present piece is a superb example of the art. Not only does it play a selection of six classical airs with exceptional tone and clarity, but its sound is accompanied by an enchanting animated, singing bird automaton. The miniature chanteur d'oiseaux
is a marvel in and of itself, moving along to the rhythms of the music and opening its beak to sing along. Ingeniously, a grouping of levers between the combs controls his movements, while a set of pipes produce his charming song.
Set within a beautifully crafted inlaid burr walnut case, the music box plays the six airs listed on the inside lid. Along the edge, a repeat/change switch and start/stop switch allow the user to easily control and manipulate their listening experience. As a whole, this music box is both a visual wonder and an extraordinary example of Swiss ingenuity.
13" high x 26 1/2" wide x 15 1/2" deepClick here to view a video of this item.