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Extraordinary and Extremely Rare REUGE Automaton Singing Bird Trio Timepiece with Removable Glass Dome

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Regular price::$26,499.99
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Availability:In Stock (ships same or next business day)
Dimensions:28 x 18 x 10
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  • Original Bontems design - Extremely rare and sought after collectable from REUGE
  • Features 3 hand feathered automaton singing birds with decorative foliage to mimic the natural setting
  • A delicate overall ceramic exterior with original gilding and paint,
  • 2 Columns flank the birds with a REUGE timepiece centered on top
  • An enormous removable glass dome encases this old world charm
  • Removable hand turned key (inserted from the side) / on and off know is located on the underside of cage
  • Dimensions : 28" L x 18" W x 10" D
  • PLEASE NOTE: Item is original so some cosmetic blemishes are visible (in the discoloration of the gold leaf in some areas) - Minor cosmetic repairs have been applied HOW TO USE:

      Wind up the mechanism with hand turned keyt   Birds can sing either continuously or intermittently   - For continuous birdsong, turn the "Stop-Start knob" to the second notch   - For intermittent birdsong, turn the "Stop-Start knob" to the first notch

    A LITTLE HISTORY... Around 1780 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Jacquet- Droz manufacturers of complex clocks invented the mechanical singing bird movement. This movement imitated the motions of birds and reproduced it's "birdsong" very authentically. It contained leather bellows and piston whistle assemblies. About 60 years later the bird movement was perfected by the Blaise Bontems workshop in Paris, France. Blaise Bontems (1814 - 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. In 1960 Reuge took over Bontems as well as Eschle's production in Germany. The acquisition insured that the 200 year old tradition would be safeguarded. To this day Reuge continues the manufacture of singing birds, in the traditional manner. Birds are painstakingly feathered by hand and meticulously assembled, piece by piece.  
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    Regular price::$26,499.99
    Attic's Price::$10,917.99( YOU SAVE:: 59% )
    Dimensions:28 x 18 x 10


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