Round Birdcage with Bone Charms

c. 1900
H: 16.0" Dia: 9.0"
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This barrel-form birdcage dates to the late 19th century and is carefully assembled of thin bamboo rods fitted to a round bamboo base with a glass top. The cage hangs from a large brass hook attached to the top, embellished with ivory carvings. Two bamboo posts stretch across the birdcage providing a place to perch for a feathered friend.

Mounted on the sides are two blue-and-white glazed porcelain cups for water and birdseed. The cage is complete with several ivory accessories, including quatrefoil and square carvings as well as a male figure depicting Li Tieguai, one of the Eight Immortals who commonly appears as a lame beggar and often associated with medicine.

From the collection of Frances and Gary Comer.

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The Homes of Chinese Songbirds

Bird-keeping was a popular pastime throughout the Qing dynasty and inspired its own material culture of beautiful cages and fine accessories. Carried around from place to place, luxurious songbird cages were as much an accessory as they were a functional object.


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“PAGODA RED was extremely supportive in helping to pull accessory options together for the Lake Forest Showhouse. After providing them with details and our vision on how we were looking to finish our space, Laurene helped curate options that made it easy for us to edit and finalize. It's also no surprise that the unique pieces we used in our showhouse space were some of the first to sell.”

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