Mechanical Birds and Singing Bird Boxes

Cage with two singing birds

    Cage with two singing birds

    Switzerland, Sainte-Croix

    2006

    Reuge

    Wood, steel, brass, metal, fabric, painted feathers; painting, presswork, carpentry and mechanical work

    31 x 17 x 17 cm

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    The cage is made of straight metal wire rods with two decorated by embossed ovoid ornament belts, with dome and color pendant in the upper part. The cage is mounted on wooden octagonal complicated-shaped golden color stand, on four supports. Two racks of different heights, decorated with green leaves, flower and red berries made of fabric are mounted on the stand upper panel. Two birds sit on the racks. The first one with red-black plumage and long tail, the other one – with bright yellow feathers and black head and the tip of the tail. Cam mechanism with bellows, piccolo pipe and spring drive, with winding key on the bottom side and activating lever on the right side is mounted inside the stand. When the mechanism is winded and activated, the birds in turn utter trills, open and close their beaks and move their tails, yellow bird turns its head.

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    Инв.1634/ММП