Singing Birds

Singing bird cage

    Singing bird cage

    France, Paris

    Circa 1890

    Bontems, Blaise

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

    Height 50.8 cm


    Cage is made of straight and spiralled metal rods with three belt of punched and embossed patterns, dome and suspension in the goldish color upper part. The cage is fixed on goldish color cylinder-shaped metal base with embossed ornament and architectural details, on three supports. The rack with crossbar, decorated with leaves and flowers, on which a bird in bright plumage with long tail sits is fixed on the base upper panel covered with grey velvet. Cam mechanism with bellows, small piccolo pipe and spring drive is inside the base, with the spring winding key and on/off lever to the right. When the spring is winded and the movement is activated, the bird warbles, opens and closes its beak, turns its head and moves its tail.