Square Bamboo Birdcage with Burl Inlay Cup

c. 1900
$780 USD
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W: 9.0" D: 9.0" H: 17.5"
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This delicate 19th-century birdcage was once home to the tiny pet bird of a Qing-dynasty aristocrat. The square cage is expertly crafted of thin bamboo rods and held together with waxed thread at the corners. The cage opens by a sliding side door and hangs from a simple brass hook secured to the top. Several accessories decorate the interior, including six wooden perches textured with sand or wrapped in wire for added traction. The base is elevated by corner feet. A small hardwood container with burl inlay is affixed to one side of the birdcage, potentially used for water or feed. A fantastic collector's item, we love this minimalist birdcage as a storied sculptural object or the new home for a feathered friend.

From the collection of Frances and Gary Comer.

Additional accessories will be packaged separately during shipping.

Due to its fragility, this item is only available via white glove delivery or local pickup.

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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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