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. 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. Porcelain is in very good condition. Movement is sluggish but works. We have a fine selection of quality items for sale at Solomon Treasure. The authenticity of all items listed are guaranteed to be as represented – all efforts are taken to ensure accurate and descriptive condition reports and photographs. The item “Blaise Bontems, An Extremely Fine & Rare Automaton Double Singing Bird Music Box” is in sale since Wednesday, May 29, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Decorative Arts\Other Antique Decorative Arts”. The seller is “solomontreasure” and is located in New York, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Age: 1870
- Primary Material: Porcelain
- Maker: Bontems
- Country/Region of Origin: France