Musical automaton "Seated black-skined banjo player"

    Musical automaton "Seated black-skined banjo player"

    France, Paris

    circa 1895

    Henry Phalibois

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

    Height 61 cm


    Seated papier-mache headed man with ebony black complexion and highly caricatured face has brown glass eyes, painted face, black fleeced hair. He wears silk and woolen costume. He holds a banjo in the arms. The movement, consisting of three wooden cams is hidden in the box upon which he sits and creates four animations: head is turning from side to side, nodding, eyelids blinking, he is playing the guitar. Two tunes. A hinged access door so that a coin-catch box can be periodically emptied is on the rear side of the velvet-covered base.
    “Seated black banjo player" is one of the first coin activated automatons that were created in by Henry Phalibois in 1895.