Triple Singing Bird Cage Full Restoration.
We recently undertook a major restoration on this triple singing bird cage.
The cage as received was in a rather sorry state. The birds were moth-eaten and almost completely destroyed, the gilding tired with partially degraded lacquer, the base was knocked around and the movement rusty and non-functioning.
The images and video demonstrate the process of bringing this sweet object back to life.
The birds were re-feathered by a taxidermist as a Bullfinch, a Yellow Hammer and a Goldfinch.
The movement was fully restored both mechanically and to return the birdsong to full strength.
The water and oil gilded base was sensitively and expertly restored by Ruth Tappin. A video of her describing her work whilst working on it can be seen here.
The cage was sensitively cleaned and repaired.
The base was re-covered in a suitable velvet and the birds re-fitted with the restored foliage.
I think the results speak for themselves.
Below is a video of the restored bird cage singing in all of its glory.