Musical automaton "Lawyer"

    Musical automaton "Lawyer"

    France, Paris

    Circa 1895

    Henry Phalibois

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

    74 х 40 х 35 cm, 2 kg


    Musical automaton in the form of a lawyer’s figure. With papier-mâché head, brown glass eyes with articulated lids, hinged jaw with inset teeth and tongue, white mohair wig, whiskers and beard, standing behind a pine rostrum, with three-tunes cylinder musical movement and seven-cam barrel automaton movement, dressed in black silk ermine-trimmed robes.
    The figure looks around, blinks and raises a document which he inclines his head to read. His left hand sweeps up and down and then in a circular motion as he beats the document and moves his mouth as though delivering a lively speech.