Singing Birds

Singing bird cage

    Singing bird cage

    Western Europe

    First half of the 20th century

    Bronze, brass, steel, wood, fabric, painted feathers; mechanical work, lathing, patination

    14.5 x 24 cm


    Cylindrical cage, assembled from thin metal wire rods with dome and pendant in the form of a ball with a ring on the top. The cage is fixed on round stepped socle made of patinated copper alloy, decorated with chased foliage pattern along the perimeter and standing on three chiseled metal feet. A switching lever, built-in winding key and round acoustic window covered with metal mesh are on the socle bottom side. The base imitating plant formation is fixed inside the cage. The bird figurine in red and black feathering surrounded by wire branches with artificial light green leaves is on cannular rack in the base center. Cam mechanism with bellow, piccolo pipe with movable piston and spring drive with winding key is mounted inside the stand. When the movement is winded and activated the bird utters trills, turns its head, opens and closes its beak in phase with the tail movements.