Mechanical Birds and Singing Bird Boxes

Cage with three singing birds

    Cage with three singing birds

    France, Paris

    1890

    Bontems Ch. & Co.

    Wood, ceramics, steel, brass, leather, fabric, painted feathers; gilding, painting, carpentry and mechanical works

    58 x 35 x 35 cm, 18 kg

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    The cage is made of straight and ribbed gold-colored metal wire rods with cast garlands, birds and gold-colored decorative elements, with the dome and pendant in the form of a ball on the top. The cage is mounted on wooden octahedral stand of golden color with ceramic inserts with polychrome painting featuring genre scenes, on eight ribbed supports. Two birds with brightly colored feathers sit on the base upper base panel that is covered with dark brown velvet. The crossbar, decorated with flowers and silk leaves, on which the bird in red and black plumage with long tail sits, is between them.
    Cam mechanism with bellows, piccolo pipe and spring drive with activation lever is inside the stand on the right side. When the mechanism is winded and activated the birds in turn emit trills, open and close their beaks, turn their heads and move their tails.

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    Инв.1558.1-2/ММП