London, South Kensington
31 May 2007
A pair of coin-in-slot singing birds in cage
with central bird of black, red and green highlighted plumage, upon brass T perch decorated with dried flowers, the second with yellow and black plumage, both with turning heads and moving wood beaks and tailfeathers, under canted-cornered gilt cage with hoop top, 1d. coin slot at front corner, actuating re-constructed going-barrel movement, in gilt gesso base with applied floral and acanthus leaf decoration, and coin drawer at the side, 20th Century -21½in. (54.5cm) high, (many 20th-Century restorations and replacements)
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