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Be captivated by this folly from France. “In a sense, it is a musical box – you wind it
up and the bird sings,” says Les Lauder, of Lauder & Howard Antiques and Fine Art.
“ They are collector’s items and very hard to fi nd – we haven’t had one for 20 years.”
Les an d par tner Mark Howard fou nd the piece in France ju st befo re Christmas.
The cage, made fro m lacqu ered gilded brass, is typical of early-20th-cen tur y
design an d featu res real bird feathers – with plu mage that ’s in good co ndition fo r
its 10 0 years – an d tiny glass eyes. L es says these pieces were used to “ delight
children ” an d kept in n u rseries where there wou ld have been a ‘lo ok but do n’t
touch ’ o rder i n place. Passed dow n throu gh families, they were to ssed o nce the
‘ don’t touch’ policy was broken that one too many times. It stands about 40cm
tall an d is the perfect piece to add a sen se of whims y a nd timeless charm to the
interio r. “ I think there is j ust so mething utterly charming abo ut them,” says Les.
French late-19th-century/early-20th-century lacquered gilded brass music box with bird,
$2485, Lauder & Howard Antiques and Fine Art (08) 9335 3856, lauderandhoward.com.au .
Local antiques dealers share their pick
of the pieces available this autumn
WORDS Anna Flanders COMPILED Kristina Burt
PHOTOGRAPHY Tim Lofthouse
c box with bird ,
The dinner gong was once a necessit y – it signalled the end of cocktail hour
and the start of dinner. You bought dinner ware and you bought the dinner
gong – it was an everyday item. This example, from Churchill Antiques
Centre, is thought to commemorate the Boer War. It was created at a
time when design was starting to move into art nouveau, which featured
more organic designs, such as flowers, ivy and birds.
Brass c1880s dinner gong, $490,
Churchill Antiques Centre (08) 9335
8889, churchillantiques.com.au .
TAKE A TRIP... this old English leather suitcase has
a certain charm and would add personality to any
space. “Having stamps or stickers or something of
their travel adds to the romance of these nostalgic
pieces,” says Walter A ntoniazzi of Louis’ Antiques.
$125, (08) 9383 9239, louisantiques.com.au.
French c1970 Christofle silver-plated
three-piece tea/coffee/milk set, $2400,
Subiaco Antiques & Fine Jewellery
(08) 9388 8333, subiacoantiques.com.au .
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