Friday, March 2, 2012

The Only Pair of Matching Singing Bird Pistols, Attributed to Frères Rochat

Aurel Bacs, International Head of the Watch Department, shares his passion and knowledge of the only known matching pair of gold and enamel singing bird pistols, to be offered at Christie’s Hong Kong Important Watches sale on 30 May 2011. Among the most valuable and important works of art remaining in private hands, the value and ingenuity of these pistols are beyond description and must be seen and heard to be truly appreciated.

These pistols sold for $5.8 million.

Description from Christies.


  1. What a gilded lilly! Congratz to the condolences to the tasteless buyer.

  2. I have always thought these bird pistols were both amazing and totally silly. I wonder what Boutet thought of the concept