Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Singing Bird Box by Bruguier


As part of The Automata / Automaton Blog's coverage of the automata going to auction on October 28th, in Bolton, Massachusetts, USA here is the first of several videos featuring select items.

From the Auction Catalogue:
Fine Tortoiseshell Singing Bird Box by Bruguier, No. 600, with fusee movement, stack of four song cams operating in sequence....bird with iridescent plumage of dark and light green, red, and bright blue, articulated head, bone beak, wings, perch, and tail, in tortoiseshell case with hinged key compartment, floriate-pierced grill and foliate-chased original diced maroon leather-covered traveling case.
- Skinner Illustrated Catalogue #2383

This piece is part of Skinner Auctioneer's upcoming Science and Technology Auction.

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Anonymous Charles said...

From the same auction:

Compare this one to Frank Nelson's Acrobat piece (


P.S. Last time when it was sold on eBay, Nelson's piece fetched some $5,000 US.

October 18, 2007 at 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Charles said...

The link to Frank Nelson's acrobat given in my last post should read:

October 18, 2007 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Dug North said...


Thanks for the pointer to the eBay listing and the Frank Nelson piece.

I have seen the Vichy Gymnast piece in person. I can tell you this: it is a remarkable feat of engineering.

I plan on doing dedicated post on the piece, though the eBay listing is very detailed.

-Dug North

October 18, 2007 at 4:00 PM  

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