Total HEIGHT: 16 inches - Greatest WIDTH: 11 inches - WEIGHT: 3 pounds - Largest PANELS - 4.5 inches x 6.5 inches - LID: approx. 8 inches x 5 inches
This super charming folk art piece dates to the 1920's. Its origin is U.S. Note that the wood as seen on the bottom is inked with the names of cigars indicating that the wood is cigar box wood. (See photo #9) This type pf wood is characteristic of the wood commonly used in early tramp art projects.
This entire piece is hand-made; handcarved probably with the carver using a penknife to create the notched edges, as well as the fretwork style panel filler and the three dimensional full figures: female nudes, a Native American warrior with long barrel rifle, a bird, various plants and flowers, a gorgeous egret in river reeds and more.
Unlike much of the tramp art created, this form and its decoration is most unusual. As such it was featured in the book: TRAMP ART: A Folk Art Phenomenon by Helaine Fendelman and Jonathan Taylor. A signed copy of the book is included in the purchase price of the bird cage.
Note: This is a very fragile piece. If you look closely at the arm of the female nude in Photo #2, you can easily see that it has been repaired, as has the tail of the bird (Photo #7). Because of the fragile nature of the bird cage, I will only ship within the US - double boxed, with full insurance. Please email me for yourshipping cost before paying for the piece.
1920s Tramp Art Bird Cage