Square Bamboo Birdcage with Blue & White Waterpots

20th Century
$880 USD
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W: 9.0" D: 9.0" H: 16.0"
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This well-proportioned birdcage is a feat of craftsmanship, carefully assembled of thin bamboo rods and held together by precise joinery and a bit of string. Two humpback perches run the length of the cage at the bottom, surmounted by three shorter perches textured with grit for added traction. Two porcelain dishes are mounted on the sides for water and birdseed, glazed in the blue-and-white style with floral decoration.

From the collection of Frances and Gary Comer.

Porcelain water pots and other accessories will be packaged separately during shipping.

One water pot has repairs to the handle.

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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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