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Chinese Carved Bone Bird Cage with Cloisonné Waterpots, circa 1850



Perfectly proportioned and delightfully ornate, this fine bird cage was once home to the pet of a Qing-dynasty aristocrat. Dated to the mid-19th century, this square bird cage is carefully assembled of thin wooden rods anchored by a carved bone frame. A band of lacquered wood at the base is painted with a delicate riverside landscape and a large bat adorns the front, a symbol of happiness. The cage includes five cloisonné cups with floral patterns, used for holding water and birdseed. A work of exquisite craftsmanship, this fine bird cage is a wonderful collector's item and a storied sculptural object.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 16.5 in. (41.91 cm)Width: 7.5 in. (19.05 cm)Depth: 7.5 in. (19.05 cm)
  • Style
    Qing (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1850
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: CMCL0401stDibs: LU820021021362

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $110 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 4-6 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Chicago, IL
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About the Seller
4.9 / 5
Located in Chicago, IL

PAGODA RED is a renowned resource for designers as well as collectors of contemporary and ancient Chinese, Korean and Japanese art. They offer a curated edit of fine and provincial furniture, ceramics, scholars' objects, and paintings and textiles, each piece historically and geographically authentic.

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Established in 1997
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609 sales on 1stDibs
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