Automaton Singing Bird in Tortoiseshell Box by Blaise Bontems

Automaton Singing Bird in Tortoiseshell Box by Blaise Bontems
Circa 1875
A fine tortoiseshell cased automaton singing bird by the noted Parisian specialist in the production of automaton singing birds, Blaise Bontems.
The lid is a beautiful oval engraved piece of silver encircled by a yellow gold laurel wreath.

Blaise Bontems (15 March 1814 Le Ménil - 1893) was a noted Parisian specialist in the manufacture of automaton singing birds and the first of a dynasty of automaton manufacturers, which included his son Charles Jules and his grandson Lucien. Bontems' birds were famous for the realism of their song.


3.82 inches
1.30 inches
2.48 inches
Tortoiseshell, silver, gold,

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