I fell in love with a pair of $40,000 birdcages today while shopping for furniture for the apartment today. These birdcages are entirely made out of bronze–the enamel is painted on top and then sealed into the metal. They are quite detailed and colorful, which is a little hard to tell from the pictures. The cages are over 400 years old and apparently from just when this technique was invented… the dealer told me it was an international combination of Chinese craftsmanship, Arab influence, and European technique.
I really think you could design an entire home around these two pieces alone! Isn’t the heart shape quite lovely?The main design is the beloved lotus flower. Oh, and you’d have to make sure the table you put them on was insanely sturdy–these each weigh a ton! (Chinese tables, by the way, come in two types: those that are super strong for support large vases, idols, or statues and those that are built to look very delicate and can’t support anything at all.)