Singing Birds

Singing bird in cage

    Singing bird in cage

    France, Paris

    Circa 1900

    Bontems Ch. &Co.

    Metal, painted bird feathers, leather, fabric, brass, wood; mechanical and carpentry work, gilding

    Cage height 56 cm, pole height 175.2 cm


    Singing bird cage is made of straight and volute rods in the form of cylinder with dome and suspension in the upper part and a door with latch on the lateral surface and is mounted on octagonal stand with stucco ornament of golden color with four hemispherical supports. Copper rack decorated with silk flowers and leaves is on the base upper panel that is covered with beige velvet. A bird in bright plumage with long tail is sitting on it. Cam mechanism with bellows, piccolo pipe and spring drive, with keyhole and a key for winding in the rear side and activating lever on the left side is inside the stand. The cage is suspended to the arched formation that is connected with the height adjustment by the ring. When the movement winded and turned on, the bird emits trills, turns on the rack, opens and closes its beak, turns its head, flaps its wings and moves its tail.