Mechanical Birds and Singing Bird Boxes

Singing bird cage with three birds

    Singing bird cage with three birds


    19th century

    Bontems, Blaise

    Metal, wood, feathers; engraving, onlay

    Height 64.8 cm


    Singing bird cage with two birds, the singing red finch, with moving beak and tail, on petrified wood surmount decorated with fungi and moss, a kingfisher and finch also perched at base of natural wood, under dome-shaped cage, with single horizontal bar and large top carrying grasp, the matching base with central panels of thuya-wood and rosewood veneers, the panels, corners, top and shaped apron edges finished with gilt metal onlays, with side handles, key-wind to front and start/stop pull on the right-hand side, on brass ball feet.