The appraisal stated French 1870, but did not note the maker’s name.
There should be on the bottom of the cage a label, but due to the fragility of the large glass dome, I have not yet lifted it to turn the cage on its side.
I plan soon to look on the underside which I’m hoping will have there the Maker’s label.
This piece is not to be underestimated as it is rare to find an Automato such as this one.
Condition: Good condition for its age, but since it is over 150 years old there is some wear. Some original feathers, missing, The original flowers are inside cage. Some age wear on fabric & metal surface.
As to the Mechanism, limited functioning:
Requires professional adjustment as to the singing mechanism . I am not a professional in this field and inherited this piece. It appears to have all is original parts, but as to the performance of the singing mechanism I assume that it would be unpredictable, as the cage has been in storage for quite some time. I plan to wind it up and try it and will update my listing as to its function.
(I remember this piece as a child and many years ago when this Bird Cage was operable , my Father would wind it up and I would be thrilled by the sound of the bird. It was clear like real birds in the forest.)
An unusual item for the Serious Collector.
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