Musical automaton "Whistler"

    Musical automaton "Whistler"

    France, Paris

    Circa 1900

    Henry Phalibois, Jumeau

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

    Height 36.6 cm

    Marks on the napes: “205”, “DÉPOSÉ”, “TÊTE JUMEAU”, “9”


    The automaton in the form of a jauntily posed young man on cylindrical wooden stand covered with gray-green velvet and decorated with braid, on four chiseled supports. The boy has bisque head, the expressive face with lips folded for whistling, ears with earrings, blue glass eyes, black beret with feather is on his light hair. He is dressed in black velvet suit with lace cuffs. Knitted stockings and black shoes are on his feet. Lace collar and black bow are on his neck.
    Control mechanism with two brass cams and spring motor is mounted in the stand, winding key and start/stop button are on the rear side. When the movement is activated the boy whistles, tilts and raises his head, gently turns it right and left.
    Automaton "Whistler" - a proprietary invention of Henry Phalibois, advertised in 1900-1905.
    The bisque head with expressive face is made in Emile Jumeau workshop.