Mechanical Birds and Singing Bird Boxes

Singing bird on porcelain jardinière

    Singing bird on porcelain jardinière


    circa 1870

    Blaise Bontems

    Porcelain, fabric, feathers; painting

    Height 50 cm

    The vase in painted blue Sèvres-style, polychrome painting of a lady and a gentleman in the garden, the base and handles gilt, the vase with an associated faux silk floral arrangement. A feathered singing bird sits atop the arrangement on a perch, when activated its head swivels, it flaps the tail and moves its beak, the movement is fitted inside within the vase.