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What is this?

Square wooden box-type cage (a) cut on each side with fan-shaped opening inset with metal wires; quarter columns at corners; bun feet; gallery along top, decorated with circular cutouts and ball finials at corners; stamped brass (?) decorations at fan-shapes and capitals and bases of columns. On top of box, cradled in large circular hole with flange, is a globular fishbowl (b) with circular neck and central hollow globe, all formed from single wall (allowing bird entry/egress from and to wooden cage below). Base of bowl decorated with polychrome enamel band of landscape / water scenes showing European men hunting birds or fishing (retrieving birds?) from boats / sailing ships at sea (one flying two red, white and blue Dutch flags), and a rocky island with a tall castle-like building on top; floral decoration just below neck, gilded foliate decoration on neck and band at mouth.

This is a birdcage with fishbowl from Netherlands. It is dated early 19th century and we acquired it in 1971. Gift of Channing Hare.

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Its medium is

wood, glass, gilded brass, metal wire

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (a & b): 62.2 x 31.8 x 31.8 cm (24 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 in.)

This object was donated by Channing Hare

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