Clocks Chime Success at Auction

UK. JANUARY 2021. There was the sound of success at a sale of Antiques, General & Mid-Century Furniture at Auction Antiques in Devon on January 21st, when a series of important automatons unexpectedly went sky high at auction.

 A continental automaton singing bird box in the manner of Karl Griesbaum (pictured above), was a charming addition to the sale. It was in rectangular form, the body repousse with scrolling foliage and birds in flight. The box was button controlled to activate the feather singing bird above. Estimated to fetch £200-£400 it sold for £1, 600 (Hammer), £2,000 (with BP).

A showcase of the sale was an early 20th century silver and enamel singing bird automaton and clock by Mersmann. The piece was marked 935 WW and featured a decorative oval lid. It sold for a huge £2,800 (Hammer) and £3,500 (with BP), against an estimate of £100-200.


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