Musical automaton "Russian girl serving tea"

    Musical automaton "Russian girl serving tea"

    France, Paris

    Circa 1892

    Jumeau, Lambert, Léopold

    Papier-mache, wood, metal, fabric, lace; sewing, mechanical work, painting, wood work

    50 х 28 х 21 cm, 5 kg

    On the key: "LB"; on the nape: “DEPOSÉ”, “TÊTE JUMEAU”


    Musical automaton in the form of a girl's figure is mounted on wooden rectangular stand, covered with burgundy velvet and trimmed with braid. The girl has gray glass eyes, pearly earrings in her ears, red velvet kokoshnik with pearl beads, raymet, colored gems, red bow and black ribbons on the nape, long braided brown hair. She is wearing silk dress and an apron in gray and olive shades with lacing on the dress and apron bottom, on wide sleeves and cuffs. Silk burgundy ribbon with gems, a bow with long ends is on the back. Musical movement with sound comb, cylinder and spring motor is mounted in the stand, with winding key and activating button on the rear side.
    When the movement is turned on, the melody of the French patriotic song “Marche Lorraine” sounds. The composer Louis Ganne wrote it in 1892.
    The girl moves her left hand in which she holds the tray with two cups, vase and milk jug; she holds a kettle in her right hand. Then she moves it a little nearer to the tray, tilts over the cups as if pouring tea. Simultaneously, the girl's head descends and rises, gently turning right and left.