A SONGBIRD COVERED IN SAPPHIRES.

Capturing one incredible piece in the middle of its creation. This month:

By Megan Conway Photograph by Raja Läubli
PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS


THESE DAYS, MOST special effects are created on computers. But in the 18th and 19th centuries, the automaton — an intricate mechanical device that could take the form of a preening silver swan or an organplaying doll — was a popular source of...

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