Singing Birds

Singing bird cage

    Singing bird cage

    France, Paris

    Circa 1870

    Bontems, Blaise

    Wood, metal, fabric (velvet), painted feathers; carpentry and mechanical work, gilding

    47.5 x 23 x 23 cm


    Cage is made of straight and spiralled metal rods with horizontal belts with embossed ornament, with dome and suspension in the goldish color upper part is mounted on quadrangular base with stucco goldish color ornament with four supports. Metal rack with crossbar is fixed on the base brown upper panel, a bird in gray and brown colors plumage with long tail sits on it, two feathers lie to the right. Cam mechanism with bellows, small piccolo pipe and spring drive is inside the base, winding hole and winding key with activating lever are on the bottom panel. When the movement is winded and activated the bird warbles, opens and closes its beak, turns its head and moves its tail.