Brass and Glass Birdcage

Object Name: 
Brass and Glass Birdcage

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Object Name: 
Brass and Glass Birdcage
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Overall H: 129.5 cm, W: 31.4 cm, D: 31 cm
On Display
about 1920
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Purchased with a grant from Kenneth R. Treis, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Web Description: 
Bird stores, the forerunners of our modern pet stores, began to appear in large American cities in the 1940s. These stores supplied not only the birds but also such essentials as seed, feeders, and cages like this one. This elaborate architectural birdcage, designed with a bulb-shaped onion dome, features a large central swing. The design probably reflected the owner's taste, influenced by Eastern art and architecture, in which onion domes are more common. The owner of this cage would have been able to browse bird stores for brightly colored European canaries or goldfinches, farm-raised parakeets, or South American parrots, which were highly prized from the 1880s to the 1910s.
Gemini Antiques Ltd., Source
Primary Description: 
Birdcage. Colorless, blue and green non-lead glass; brass; tooled, blown, cut. Tall narrow shape with a pointed, 8-sided dome on top, consisting of alternating rectangular panels of blue and colorless glass, ending in an 8 sided section with green panels above a rectangular section with 4 horizontal green panels. The tall, 4-sided body has arches on each side with half-circles of blue glass at the top and a wire cage below; the arch on one side forms a wire door; inside is a hanging perch. The base is of iridescent rainbow colored glass.
The Gather (2007) illustrated, back cover;
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2005 (2006) illustrated, p. 29; BIB# AI90241