Although quite similar in technique to rolled paper or quillwork pieces we can’t find anything quite the same as these works in this style. Birds were kept all too often in cages at this period of time; at one point, parrots were only housed in fanciful cages to roost. Ornamented and structurally lavish cages became popular among the noble classes in Europe around the 14th century. Experts and collectors agree that of these early cages, the most talented artisans were the French and the Dutch. In France, a guild of cage makers was licensed and chartered by royalty to fabricate cages generally made of iron or brass wire. These guilds of artisans made cages specifically for male and female songbirds. At the same time, in other areas of the world, cages were being built out of bamboo, wicker, wood, rattan and reed. These pictures are a charming attempt to replicate the idea of keeping an exotic bird, but without the upkeep.
Rare, unusual, and probably unique, this pair provides the perfect alternative to caging the real thing, and far more original they are too.