Musical automaton "Cookee- musician"

    Musical automaton "Cookee- musician"

    France, Paris

    circa 1900

    Roullet & Decamps , Jumeau

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

    Height 54.5 cm

    On the key: "11", on the nape: “DEPOSE”, “TÊTE JUMEAU”, “BTE S.G.D.G.”, “252”, “4”, “LI...”


    Musical automaton in the form of a girl's figure - the cookee is installed on octagonal stand on four chiseled feet, covered with red velvet and decorated with gimp braid. The girl’s head and arms are biscuit, brown glass eyes, half-open mouth, dark curls, earrings in the ears; a nightcap with metal ball is on the head. She is dressed in white shirt with band-collar, short brown velvet pants with buckles, white apron and satin waistcoat with red back and red-brown lapels with patterns. Beige knitted stripped stockings and black knitted shoes with bows are on her feet. The girl holds copper bed-warmer with the ivory handle in her left hand as if it is a violin, and pair of fire tongs – in her right hand pretending it is a fiddlestick.
    The control mechanism and the musical movement with one-tune cylinder, sound comb and spring drive are fitted in the stand, with a winding key and a sliding on/off button on the lateral side.
    When the movement is actuated, the melody sounds, the girl’s right hand with fire-tongs moves as if playing the violin, the head turns right and left, up and down, the tongue protrudes, the tip of the cap goes up and down.