Automaton "A smoking gentleman"

    Automaton "A smoking gentleman"


    circa 1885

    Lambert/Pierre-Francois Jumeau

    Porcelain, paper, fabric (velvet, silk, cotton), beads, feathers; painting

    Height 57 cm

    On the back of the neck: "Depose/Tete Jumeau/Bte D.G.D.G./2"

    Figure of a young man is fixed on the stand, with a cigarette holder in his right hand and a silk handkerchief decorated with lace in his left hand. The stand is metal; the upper and lower part of it are made of wood and covered with a mustard-coloured velvet. Young man is dressed in lilac silk jacket with printed floral motif. Under the jacket, the young man wears a light cream-colored long silk blouse with a collar decorated with lace braid with a bow of the same tint as the blouse and lace cuffs. Small earrings of bright red colour beads are in his ears. Red-brown silk hat decorated with feathers of light beige and crimson-red colour is on the man's head. He is wearing creamy-white silk culottes, decorated at the bottom by silk edging with bows on the sides. Knee-high socks are of dark lilac cotton, shoes are silk, with dark purple bows on toes. The head and hands are made of porcelain, the trunk is papier-mache. The music movement is hidden inside the stand, a winding key and a lever for starting the tunes are on the case rear side. While the tunes are played, young man rises his head up, then turns his head from side to side, brings the cigarette holder to his mouth and inhales, then lowers his hand and exhales the smoke.