Music automaton "Clown with a chair"

    Music automaton "Clown with a chair"


    circa 1970

    Michel Bertrand

    Wood, fabric (silk, velvet, cotton), metal, leather; painting

    20 х 30 х 63 cm, 2 kg


    Automaton is a figure of a clown sitting on a covered with gray velvet stand and holding a light-blue chair with silver metallic knots on his nose. The clown is dressed in silk light cream-coloured shirt, with lace cuffs, adorned with blue bow and a jabot collar. A dark green striped jacket with elongated folds is over the shirt. He is wearing light beige pants and straw-coloured leather shoes. The head and hands are made of papier-mache. The music movement is hidden inside the stand. It is winded with the key labelled "MB" on the rear side and started by a lever on the stand right side. The clown performs an acrobatic exercise with a rotating chair on the tip of his nose while the tune is playing.