One of the many reasons antique shopping is so
addicting gratifying is that you find objects you never knew you couldn't live without. My amazing find from last week is this AWESOME little bird cage.
Look at the adorable little finches painted on sliding doors at both ends of the cage. I have never seen a bird cage anything like this. The cage is small and oval in shape with a wonderful pagoda shaped roof. The wire has a worn gilt finish.
Aren't these sweet little birds just too cute...
The bottom sliding tray has a faux wood painted finish, and the base has a wonderful soft grey/green color.
Now, I have to find just the right place to display this new treasure. Since I don't have many empty spaces in our home and I don't like a lot of clutter, that means taking something away to make room for this new find.
Since I manage to put candles in just about everything, I tried a candle in the bird cage. The glow of the candle light brings the little hand painted birds to life as you will see if you compare this image with the image below without the candle.
I could display it with a wonderful small plant inside, or...... Wouldn't this be fabulous as it's original purpose - with a live little bird(s)? I guess I could try some fake little birds as that would take a lot less effort. Do you have any ideas?
I don't know much about bird cages. I am not sure of it's origin - American? French? If anyone can provide me with some information, I would greatly appreciate your expertise.
When I was trying to search the internet to learn about my new find, I came across other decorative bird cages that I thought you might find interesting.
The images below were found on one of my favorite places to window shop (or is it screen shop?), 1stdibs.com
While I love my new bird cage, this one with the fabulous door and dome shape is to die for.
The images below are from North Fork Pets and Antiques.