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Victorian Bird Automaton

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Item Details

  • Width:
    18 3/4" Inches
  • Height:
    22 1/2" Inches
  • Depth:
    9 3/4" Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
Three hand-crafted birds romp amongst the foliage of this desirable Victorian bird automaton. One bird remains stationary in the tree, while the second jumps from limb to limb, flutters his wings and sings a lively tune. The third bird can be seen pulling a tasty worm from the ground. Such unique amusements were quite popular during the Victorian era, largely in part to the advances of the Industrial Revolution. At the same time, the art of taxidermy was enjoying its "golden age" with preserved animals increasingly becoming integrated into interior design. Artisans quickly realized that the two mediums could be married; creating these fascinating and complex displays that essentially brought a part of nature into the home.

Circa 1880

18 3/4" wide x 9 3/4" deep x 22 1/2" high

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