Mechanical Birds and Singing Bird Boxes

Singing bird cage

    Singing bird cage

    France

    Circa 1890

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

    48.5 x 23 x 23 cm

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    Cage is made of straight and spiralled metal rods with horizontal belts with embossed ornament, a door with latch, dome and goldish color suspension in the upper part. The cage is mounted on four-cornered base with embossed goldish color floral and foliage patterns, on four supports. Metal rack with crossbar is fixed on the base upper panel covered with brown velvet, a bird in greenish color plumage with black head and breast, with long tail sits on the crossbar. Cam mechanism with bellows, small piccolo pipe, spring drive, winding hole and activating knob is inside the base 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. 

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    Инв.2062ММП/ДПИ