Monumental Polychromed, Gessoed and Carved Wood Birdcage
Sold for $3,625
20th century, in the form of a French Renaissance chateau, painted to resemble stone, the square end blocks supported on turned wooden stands, supporting the central portion decorated with a pair of turrets, the top set with elaborate dormer windows, all windows inset with metal grates.
h. 93", w. 69", d. 23"
Provenance: Private collection, Galveston, Texas.
**The base and structure are sturdy and stable, with some rubbing and wear to the polychromy, presumably by design, some shrinkage and some scattered losses to the paint and underlying gesso.
One side door is missing its bars. There is a split in the board beneath the other side door that needs to be repositioned and glued. That door is missing the eyelet to engage the latch. The back of the piece has a row of three large doors, two of which are missing, leaving the back open and exposed. There is a loose piece of metal fretwork, probably to go around the cupola on one roof section.
There are no interior trays or bins.
The cage is of one-piece construction, resting on the two detached bases/pedestals.