Musical automaton " Equilibrium Girl"

    Musical automaton " Equilibrium Girl"

    France, Paris

    Circa 1910

    Roullet & Decamps

    Porcelain, paper, wood, fabric (chiffon, velvet); painting

    63 х 18 х 17 cm, 1 kg


    Automaton is a figure of a girl fixed on the stand and holding a chair on her nose. Wooden chair is painted gray with floral patterns; wooden stand with four round metal supports is covered with red velvet. The girl is dressed in light pink chiffon dress, the hem, cuffs and collar are decorated with white lace frills, velvet coral-colored belt is around the waist. The hair on her head is adorned with velvet ribbon of the same colour as the belt. She is wearing white lace socks with floral motifs and shoes with bows on toes. The head is made of porcelain, the hands are papier-mache.
    Musical movement is mounted inside the stand, key-winded, activated by the lever on the stand upper surface. Drawer with the  handle-ring is to the right. When the melody starts playing, the girl performs an acrobatic exercise with rotating chair on the nose tip.