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Jaquet Droz Singing Bird Scent Flask Sold For $2,53 Million At Sotheby’s Auction

Jaquet Droz Singing Bird Scent Flask Sold For $2,53 Million At Sotheby's Auction

The Jaquet Droz Singing Bird Scent Flask recently sold for $2,53 million at a Sotheby’s watch auction in New York. This breaks a new record for a Jaquet Droz antique piece. Conceptualised and created by Pierre Jaquet Droz and Leschot in 1786, decorated scent flask is adorned with enamel and countless jewels, encompassed an articulated bird just 12 millimetres tall. That ‘nightingale’ actually sings: a complex, miniature organ projects the bird’s melody in conjunction with its movement.

Jaquet Droz Singing Bird Scent Flask Sold For $2,53 Million At Sotheby's Auction
Jaquet Droz Singing Bird Scent Flask Sold For $2,53 Million At Sotheby’s Auction

The pear-shaped case contains the white enamel dial: roman numerals and gold hands operating through the fusee of gilt brass movement. Below lies a revolving diamond balance on one face and the recessed richly endowed singing bird on a leafy branch against a translucent pink enamel background on the other.

Jaquet Droz Singing Bird Scent Flask Sold For $2,53 Million At Sotheby's Auction
Jaquet Droz Singing Bird Scent Flask Sold For $2,53 Million At Sotheby’s Auction

With its borders lined with motifs of rubies and half pearls, bounded by gold paillon and with arabesques design­ – 16th century Europe style, it is certainly an astounding creation that amounts history throughout continents.
The automaton also includes grotesques and fruits lining the translucent blue background throughout the urn, with countless rubies, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds.

Jaquet Droz Singing Bird Scent Flask Sold For $2,53 Million At Sotheby's Auction
Jaquet Droz Singing Bird Scent Flask Sold For $2,53 Million At Sotheby’s Auction

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Written by Slamchica

Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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