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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Bonhams Invitation to Consign

A message from Laurence Fisher (now of Bonhams) re. forthcoming Mechanical Music Sale:
Oiseau Chantant

We are looking forward to presenting our fine London Knightsbridge sale of Mechanical Music, which Charts the success of entertainment brought about by the technological feats of those who managed to provide musical enjoyment in the homes of the past. Today, Bonham's takes pride in including these specialist musical wonders in devoted sales for the many who seek them for the present age.
From important and early sur-plateau musical boxes, to the streamlined curves of popular pre-1940 wireless, mechanical music at Bonham's is now the collector's choice of the world. The forthcoming Knightsbridge sale, which will be held on Tuesday 20 November, will encompass the very best examples to ensure that market connoisseurs are provided with their preferred selection in this niche and important field.
Current consigned property includes this magnificent and fine Oiseau Chantant with timepiece actuation by C. H. Marguerat, in engine-turned silver-gilt and blue enamel case, circa 1929 (Estimate: £10,000 -15,000); A timepiece-actuated eight-air Cylinder Musical Box, in serpentine walnut veneered and inlaid case (Estimate: £5,500 - 7,500); and a Bond Cascade cabinet gramophone, with quadruple-spring Expert Soundbox (Estimate: £800 -1,200).
We are looking to include early snuff and other Musical boxes, fine Phonographs and Gramophones, delightful Singing Birds, important Electrical and Encoding devices, popular Dance and Band Orchestrions and classic French Musical Automata.
The backdrop of the many fine lots currently ready to include, makes this the perfect opportunity to finish this year with a healthy introduction to 2008 and, as market leaders for this popular and exciting field of collectables, you can expect Bonham's to share the magic of your property with the rest of the world.
Please join us in our commitment to serve the mechanical music community by contacting me regarding any suitable property well before the deadline of Wednesday 10 October.
I look forward to assisting with your selling needs. Kindest regards,

Laurence Fisher
Specialist Head, Mechanical Music.