Petite French Mechanical Singing Bird in Cage Attributed to Bontems

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11" (28 cm.) A beautifully detailed bird cage with sculpted detail and gold leaf finish on the base, and gilded brass cage rods (including spiral rods at the corners), brass ball finial and carrying ring, and interior perch upon which is resting a feathered bird. When wound on the underside, and lever released, the bird turns side to side, flits tail feathers, and merrily chirps a bird song. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: French, circa 1875, attributed to Bontems. Value Points: appealing petite size with luxury details of construction, well-functioning movements and bird song.
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