1/22/2018 – My pick for this week lot #308. Shockingly, it is not a piece of Americana, not a piece of stoneware, and not even a great folk art treasure. Lot 308 is very far away from any of my usual likes. This one is a Patek Phillipe signing bird box. While much more of a recognizable name in watches, Patek Phillipe produced these gems in the mid 19th century. Just like their watches these are true works of art. From the enameled lid mounted in gold on top of the tortoise shell case, to the feathery little friend who serenades you when open the lid. These were made by the hands of true master craftsman. What a great opportunity to buy an example of work which was way ahead of its time by one of the most renown and respected Swiss watch makers.
by Jamie Shearer