Mechanical Birds and Singing Bird Boxes

Singing Bird "Jardinière"

    Singing Bird "Jardinière"

    France, Paris

    Circa 1880

    Blaise Bontems

    Porcelain, fabric, feathers; painting

    40 х 40 х 55 cm, 5 kg


    Bird with brown plumage, articulated head, beak and tail controlled by going-barrel movement with bellows and whistle for birdsong, in porcelain jardinière decorated with painted scene of romantic couple discovered in sylvan landscape by a rival who covers her eyes