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Singing Bird Box by K. Griesbaum

CHF 1,750


Rare and fine signing bird automaton silver plated box, featuring a movement crafted by the renowned Karl Griesbaum in mid of 20th century in Germany, the case is made by Emil Brenk (hallmarked “EB”). Concealed inside is a miniature bird, covered with colorful hummingbird feathers. When the lid is opened, the bird appears to sing a lovely tune, while moving his beak and flapping his wings. When the birdsong is complete, the tiny creature simply slips back into the box and the lid closes behind it.

Silver plated metal box decorated with birds, foliage and whimsical cherubs playing musical instruments. The oval hinged top opens to a feathered bird with moving wings and singing (see video). The bottom is stamped “EB” (Emil Brenk) and “metal”. With bird shaped winding key.

A truly remarkable work of art and decorative collectible!


Brand Karl Griesbaum
Year Circa 1950s
Movement Hand-winding
Case material Silver plated
Size 10 x 6½ x 4½ cm
Features original key, unrestored condition
Box/Papers no box, no papers


Good functional order (movement cleaning service is recommended), surface scratches and scuffs and discolouration through the age.


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