30 May 2011

Twittering Machine


This is a weird object. Spectacular!
The symbology is baffling- a gun that 'shoots' a bird- is this old time irony?
I would like to acknowledge Jesse for bringing this to my attention!

6 comments:

  1. The objets d'art created for the upper classes of past eras never cease to amaze me. Imagine having enough money to spend so much on a novelty such as a chirping bird pistol! I wonder what this pair ended up selling for today.

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  2. thanks for posting this. They are amazing.

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  3. Truly amazing. I love when wonderful things like these are preserved for future generations. I don't even mind the price, since that helps ensure that they'll be treasured and cared for.

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  4. since they come as a pair, couldn't it be a parody of duel pistols?

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  5. Since folks might want to know what happened to this pair, the information's here: http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5448775&sid=

    The realized price was HK$45,460,000 ($5,866,499).

    That's some amazing craftsmanship!

    Just added the url for the auction (in case it's clickable, but wasn't sure).

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