Mechanical Birds and Singing Bird Boxes

Singing bird cage

    Singing bird cage

    Western Europe

    Late 20th century

    Bronze, brass, steel, leather, wood, painted feathers; patinating, mechanical works, turning

    25 x 14.5 cm

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    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 yellow feathering with black head, wing tips and Y-shaped tail, surrounded by wire branches with artificial light green leaves, is mounted on the cannular rack set in the base center. Cam mechanism with bellows, piccolo pipe with movable piston and spring drive with winding key is mounted inside the stand. When the movement is winded and mechanism is activated each bird alternately utters trills, turns its head, opens and closes its beak in phase with the movements of its tail.

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    Инв.127/ММП