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Triple Singing Bird Cage Automaton by Bontems

Auction:
2345
Lot:
560
Sold for:
$4,406$3,750

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2345
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
July 29, 2006 10:00AM

Description:

Triple Singing Bird Cage Automaton by Bontems, the three birds with articulated heads, beaks and tails, with red and light gray, yellow and green, and iridescent green, blue and red plumage respectively, one perched, the other two standing, in domed cage with suspension loop and giltwood base with floral and foliate relief to the sides and canted corners, acanthus lower borders and bun feet, with intermittent going-barrel mechanism with bellows causing each bird to sing in turn while the other two remain stationary or look from side to side, ht. 20 in., nine movements.
Estimate $4,000-6,000

Keywords

Automaton, Bellows, Robotics