Musical automaton "Clown playing mandoline"

    Musical automaton "Clown playing mandoline"

    France, Paris

    Circa 1880

    Lambert, Léopold

    Papier-mache, wood, metal, fabric, lace; sewing, casting, wood works, carving, mechanical works

    58 х 28 х 23 cm, 3 kg


    Musical automaton in the form of a clown's figure with mandoline sitting on carved stool is mounted on rectangular stand on four feet, covered with dark pink velvet cape that is trimmed with raymet braid with tassels. The mandoline soundboard is painted; red bow is on the fretboard. Bisque head with white curly hair, brown glass eyes. Card symbols are on the cheeks, forehead and chin. The tip of the nose is red. He is dressed in dark green dungarees; bolero with lace collar and cuffs is over it. Black stockings and black satin shoes are on his feet. The control mechanism and musical movement with cylinder for two tunes, sound comb and spring drive are mounted in the stand.
    The key and sliding start/stop button are on the rear side.
    When the movement is actuated, the melody sounds, the clown's right hand moves as if playing the mandoline, he lowers and raises his head, turns it to the right and to the left, puts the tongue out and turns it back, tilts the upper part of the trunk forward and tilts it back, lifts and lowers the left leg, that is lying on the right one, raises and lowers both legs.