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.
thanks for posting this. They are amazing.
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.
since they come as a pair, couldn't it be a parody of duel pistols?
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).