Automaton "Pierrot writing to madame Luna"

    Automaton "Pierrot writing to madame Luna"

    Switzerland, Saint Croix


    Bailly, Christian, Olympia S.A. - Androides et Automates

    Porcelain, wood (fruit tree, mahogany), shellac, glass, brass, fabric (silk, velvet, cotton), leather; painting, embossing, sewing, woodwork


    Automaton is presented as a figure of Pierrot sitting at the table and writing a letter. The whole composition is located on flat rectangular pedestal, veneered with fruit tree wood; the lower part of the stand is mahogany. Table on four curved legs, trimmed with black shellac; its upper part is covered with leather and framed by the embossed golden edging. Brass kerosene lamp with glass bulb is on the table left side. Pierrot is dressed in silk suit of shiny pearl-beige tint. Shirt with jabot collar, the cuffs, flares and trousers bottom part are ornated with red pompons. Black silk skullcap is on the head. Black cotton socks and black velvet shoes with black pompons are on his feet.

    The musical movement is hidden inside the chair; the automaton is wound with a key on the right side of the trunk and activated by lever. During the movement operation, Pierrot tilts the head back and forth, holds a pen in his right hand and pretends that he is writing a letter. Further he is switching the lamp on and off.