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The glazed door opening to reveal a jungle setting the birds perched on flowering branches above a rock strewn pool
Late 19th Century
Size: 77cm high, 56.5cm deep, 108cm wide – 30¼ ins high, 22¼ ins deep, 42½ ins wide
29 Birds Including: Berylline Hummingbird ‘Amazilia Beryllina’; Blue Throated Hummingbird ‘Lampornis Clemenciae’; Rufous Hummingbird ‘Selasphorus Rufus’;Broad Billed Hummingbird ‘Cyanthus Latirostris’; New Guinea Count Raggi’s Bird of Paradise ‘Paradisea Apoda Raggiana’; Frilled Cocquette ‘Lophornis Magnifica’; Violet Sabre wing ‘Campylopterus Hemileucurus’; Derby Flycatcher ‘Pitagangus Sulphuratus’; Goulds Violet Ear ‘Colibri Coruscans’; and a species of brightly coloured Tangara Bird from the South American Tropics
See: Finch and Co catalogue no, 17, item no. 1, for a cased rare collection of 40 Australian Parrots and catalogue no. 19, item no. 20, for a Victorian architecturally cased specimen of an English Golden Eagle
Birds of Paradise are the most ornate and colourful assemblage of birds in the world, and like the jewelled hummingbirds, their skins were to be found in Victorian shipments of brightly coloured birds that were sent back to Europe during the 1880’s for the feather trade.