Antique Bird Cages
Antique Bird Cages are ornamental cages designed as housing for domesticated birds, usually for use in the home, though in certain cases they are created to house birds in outdoor locations.
Brief history and description
Bird cages come in a wide variety of styles, sometimes including additional accessories such as stands and covers, making them very adaptable pieces.
Antique bird cages have become popular collectables, and can be purchased to suit many different decorative styles within a household. Despite their decorative appeal, antique bird cages may not be the best choice for housing birds today, due to the large number of chemicals which were traditionally used in the creation of many antique bird cage forms.
Guide for collectors
Antique bird cages appear regularly at mainstream auctioneers, as well as at more specialist auction houses.
They have also appeared at auction with online live auctioneers such as eBay, where prospective collectors may find rare pieces and great bargains. As with all online purchases, collectors are advised to rigorously check the condition of any piece before purchasing.
Amongst the higher price paid at auction for antique bird cages is $80,000, for a lot comprised of two Chinese cloisonné bird cages, which sold from Going, Gone Auction Gallery on 8th November 2008. This is not the only instance of a bird cage selling for a very high price. Similarly, a highly unusual French painted wooden aviary dated from 1869 sold for $30,000 on 8th July 2008 from Sotheby’s in London.
Highly ornate designs fetch far higher auction prices than less ornate models, though age is also an important factor in determining the price of a piece.
Amongst the lower prices paid for an antique bird cage at auction is $10, for a bird cage with minor external paint damage, which sold from The Antiques Auction Gallery on 9th October 2009.