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Traditional cricket cage (1950s)

__INNER CHILD4 of 14Art Deco horse figurine, Hagenauer, probably from the 1930sBadger. Sargadelos, Spain.
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Posted 1 year ago

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austrohung…
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This is one of the very simple and unimportant items one can see at home, but I find it adorable (ok, nobody start complaining about animal cruelty and so on. We are talking about the 1950s and 1960s here!).

This was Carlos's cricket cage when he was a little kid. He grew up in a house with a huge garden in the South of Spain, and it was full of trees and plants and birds and insects. He was sort of obsessed with it and spent most of his time in the garden, so almost every recall from his childhood is related to it. Nowadays, these plants and insects appear in virtually each one of his paintings: butterflies, cicadas, crickets... and even invented ones or insect-looking "whatevers".

I love the Chinese look of this cage, with its lantern-looking little wooden cubes and the curvy wire parts they hang from, as well as the Baroque shaped base and roof.

This one comes from the late 50s or early 60s, but it's my belief the very same design was made from the 1930s or even the 1920s. I have googled both "cricket cage" and "jaula de grillos" and not a single pic reminded me of this cage.

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  1. AmberRose AmberRose, 1 year ago
    What are the dangly things for!
  2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    VERY VERY BEAUTIFUL!!!
  3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 1 year ago
    Do you mena the hanging wooden stuff? just an adornment for the cage :)
  4. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 1 year ago
    Thanks genevieve, gargoylecollector, officialfuel, czechman, DrFluffy, Sean,
    Amber and vetraio for your loves!!!
  5. fledermaus fledermaus, 1 year ago
    Very cool
  6. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 1 year ago
    Thanks for your love and comment, fledermaus!!!
  7. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    I mean the adornment for the whole bird cage :) your very welcome austro!!!
  8. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    cricket cage !!! sorry a little tired worked 2/ 12 hr days .
  9. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 1 year ago
    Thanks Sean! It's perfectly alright! Try and have some rest!
  10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    Your very welcome austro :) and thankyou :)
  11. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 7 months ago
    Rrose Selavy!!
  12. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 3 months ago
    Thanks for your love ANTIQUEROSE!
  13. Jewels Jewels, 3 months ago
    So cool! I have never seen one!
  14. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 3 months ago
    Thanks Jewels!

    I've searched everywhere and never found one like this either. I know that in the early 60s there was a Japanese shop in Sevilla -linked to the Japanese consulate there- and it could come from there, but no search for Japanese cricket cage gave any results like this one. So my believe is that it's the work of a local craftsman who made and sold them... the shape is very fancy, but just at a first sight one realizes materials are cheap and no fanciful at all...
  15. Jewels Jewels, 3 months ago
    Well, I love it! I once saw a very old hamster cage at a flea market--it was intriguing, like your little cage here : )

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