Singing Birds

Singing bird cage

    Singing bird cage


    First half of the 19th century

    Griesbaum, Karl

    Brass, fabric, steel, painted bird feathers; gilding, turning, filigree, mechanical work

    17 x 8 x 11 cm

    On the movement bottom: mark featuring the image of mechanical bird above three mountain peaks and Latin letters "K" and "G"


    Cage made of thin metal rods with dome and ring suspender in the upper part is mounted on rectangular gilded socle with wide plinth that stands on four chiseled metal feet. The base and socle walls are decorated with filigree ornament. The plinth contains A pull-out rectangular drawer with ring-shaped grip is mounted in the socle. The cage floor is made of thin metal with the row of leaf-shaped slots that fulfil a function of acoustic windows. Chiseled rack with mechanical bird in green, red, black and yellow plumage is mounted in the cage bottom. The base is decorated with artificial leaves on wire branches. Cam mechanism with bellows, piccolo pipe with movable piston and spring drive is mounted inside the base. The movement is activated by the slide-type switch located in the base front side. There is a hole for Winding hole and the mark of manufacturer are on the movement bottom side above the drawer. When the movement is winded and activated the bird turns on the rack, emits trills, turns its head, opens and closes its beak in sync with the movements of the tail. Branded winding key with a crown in the form of a bird silhouette is in the set.