Singing Birds

Cage with three singing birds

    Cage with three singing birds

    France, Paris

    Circa 1860

    Bontems, Blaise

    Wood, metal, leather, fabric, painted feathers; gilding, carpentry and mechanical work

    28 x 28 x 53 cm, 5 kg


    Cage, assembled from straight and twisted gold-colored metal wire rods with dome and pendant in the form of a ball with ring on the top and the door with lock on the front side is fixed on octagonal base with golden color plastered ornament and four hemispherical supports. Two birds with painted feathers sit on grey upper panel, decorated with moss fibers metal rack with crossbar, on which the bird in bright feathering with long tail sits, is between them. Cam mechanism with bellows, piccolo pipe and spring drive with activation lever on the right lateral side is mounted inside the stand. When the mechanism is winded and activated, the birds alternately emit trills, open and close their beaks, turn their heads and move their tails.