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Blaise Bontems, An Extremely Fine & Rare Automaton Double Singing Bird Music Box

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  • Description
    Blaise Bontems, An Extremely Fine & Rare Automaton Double Singing Bird Music Box, in the form of a Porcelain Jardiniere, 1870-1880, Paris. Bird with turquoise plumage, articulated head, beak and tail controlled by going-barrel movement with bellows and whistle for birdsong, sits atop arrangement of artificial flowers on a perch, when activated its head swivels, flaps its tail and moves its beak, second bird sits in nest. Mounted in an extremely fine hand-painted porcelain jardiniere, with painted scenes of birds, butterflies and flowers. Porcelain is in very good condition. Movement is sluggish but works. Blaise Bontems (1814 - 1893) was a noted Parisian specialist in the manufacture of automaton singing birds and the first of a dynasty of automaton manufacturers, which included his son Charles Jules and his grandson Lucien. Bontems birds were famous for the realism of their song. 20" high x 12 wide
  • More Information
    Origin: France
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Porcelain
    Condition: Good.
    Creation Date: 1870
    Styles / Movements: Other, Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 310950
  • Dimensions
    W. 12 in; H. 20 in; Diam. 12 in;
    W. 30.48 cm; H. 50.8 cm; Diam. 30.48 cm;
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