Musical automaton "Spanish dancer"

    Musical automaton "Spanish dancer"

    France, Germany, Paris

    circa 1900

    Roullet & Decamps , Simon & Halbig

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

    Height 53 cm

    Red mark on the nape under the braid: “Wimpern”. Embossment: “S&H, 1039, Dep”


    Automaton in the form of a Spanish dancer figure with open mouth, articulated flirty blue glass eyes with mohair lashes, pierced ears, original dark brown hair wig, papier-mâché body with bisque hands, one raised aloft, the other resting on her hips, on velvet-covered base with single-tune barrel movement causing the dancer to turn back and forth 45 degree on her right heel, while stamping her left foot, twirling the tambourine, swaying her head and glancing left and right, in lace-over-satin costume and velvet bolero jacket. Winding key and start/stop button are on the stand rear side.
    Another sample of this model, according to general opinion, was donated by the Russian Emperor Nicholas II to Olga and Elizabeth, the daughters of the Greek prince Nicholas in 1904 or in 1905 (Inv. 2703/MMP).