Singing Birds

Singing bird cage

    Singing bird cage

    France, Paris

    Circa 1870

    Bontems, Blaise

    Wood, bamboo, tortoiseshell, ivory, steel, brass, leather, painted feathers; painting, turning, polishing, mechanical and carpentry work

    43 x 29 x 29 cm

    On the sticker: “Envoi de B. BONTEMS”, “Fabricant d’Oiseaux et Papillons Mécanicues”, “72, Rue de Cléry, PARIS”


    Tubular cage made of bamboo rods and horizontal black belts, smaller diameter dome and fastener in the upper part, is mounted on octagonal base, decorated with tortoiseshell insert and ivory onlays, with profiled black socle, on four supports. Sliding up door is on the front side. Metal rod with crossbar with the bird in gray and brown plumage sitting on it, is fixed on the base upper panel. Cam mechanism with bellows, small piccolo pipe, spring drive and winding hole with the key and activating lever is inside the base on the right side. The maker trademark - B. BONTEMS is on the bottom panel. When the movement is winded and activated the bird warbles, opens and closes its beak, turns its head and moves its tail.