Animated 4 Bird Singing Automaton w/ Dome. Paper mache automaton with 2 birds drinking from a pool of water in the base, one bird is stationary and the other rocking back and forth, to the right a spinning glass rod represents water running into the pool; the birds are shaded under a tree with one bird perched at the top singing and flapping its wings and another in the mid-section of the tree jumping between branches. The timepiece is contained in a boulder to the left, has a 3 in. porcelain dial with black Roman hour numerals and beaded brass bezel; typical round French brass spring driven movement signed "Japy Freres & Cie" with an half hour strike on a bell. The spring driven animated mechanism is contained within the ebonized wood base, signed on the movement plate in 3 lines "Cadot - 4616 - K", in working condition both whistling and animating the birds; also with a separate spring driven small brass cylinder music box contained inside. Nice overall condition, animated mechanisms are functional, clock runs and strikes, has a chip in the dial, cracks in 1 of the mirrored panels and the dome has been repaired. 22.5 in. high x 18 in. wide x 8 in. deep. Weight: 15 lbs.