Mechanical Birds and Singing Bird Boxes

Singing bird cage

    Singing bird cage

    France

    Late 19th century

    Metal, leather, fabric, painted feathers; presswork, casting, gilding, mechanical work

    Height 30 cm

    On the base bottom: “MADE IN FRANCE”, on the socle “132”

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    The cage is made of straight and spiralled metal rods with two belts of embossed ornament, dome and golden color suspension in the upper part. The cage is mounted on metal base in the form of golden color cylinder with embossed foliage ornament on the polished surface, on three supports. A rack with crossbar, decorated with branches with narrow green leaves and flowers, on which a bird in variegated plumage with a long tail sits, is fixed on the base top panel that is covered with light-green velvet. Cam mechanism with bellows, small piccolo pipe, spring drive is mounted inside the base. Activating lever is on the right side. Spring winding key, rectangular aperture covered with metal mesh and inscription “MADE IN FRANCE” are on the base bottom side. When the movement is activated the bird warbles, opens and closes its beak, turns its head and moves its tail.

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    Инв.1755ММП/ДПИ