Mechanical Birds and Singing Bird Boxes

Cage with singing bird

    Cage with singing bird

    France, Paris

    1870

    Bontems, Blaise

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

    53 x 24 x 23 cm

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    The cage is made of straight golden metal wire rods with a dome and a pendant in the upper part. The cage is mounted on wooden four-cornered stand with facets and ribs with embossed foliage and golden color geometric patterns, on four supports. Metal rack with crossbar, decorated with buds, flowers and leaves made of fabric, on which a bird in red-brown plumage with long tail sits, is fixed on the stand upper panel, covered with green velvet. Cam mechanism with bellows, piccolo pipe with movable piston and spring drive is mounted inside the stand. Winding hole with key is on the right side, the movement-activating lever is on the rear side. When the mechanism is winded and activated, bird utters trills, turns its head, opens and closes the beak and moves its tail.

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    Инв.1623.1-2/ММП