Musical automaton "Clown conjuror"

    Musical automaton "Clown conjuror"

    France, Paris

    circa 1900

    Roullet & Decamps

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

    42 х 18 х 12 cm, 4 kg

    Handwritten inscription on the sticker: “Adêle et’es belle”, “27”


    Musical automaton in the form of a clown’s figure with the chain in his hands is mounted on rectangular stand on four chiseled feet, covered with red velvet ornated with braid along the top edge, with a sticker on the bottom side. The clown's head is of papier-mache, his hands are of bisque, gray glass eyes, a cap with sequins' pattern is on his head. He is dressed in satin jumpsuit - one side of which is beige, the other is blue. The ornament of raymet and sequins is on the belt and jumpsuit. Lace collar with sequins, black velvet bow tie and pink bows on the lace cuffs. Black knitted stockings and pink satin shoes with bows are on his feet.
    The control mechanism and musical movement with one-tune cylinder, sound comb and spring drive are fitted in the stand, with the winding key and pull-out start / stop rod on the rear side. When movement is activated, the melody sounds, the clown changes the position of his right hand, as if passing one ring through the other, then he smoothly turns his head to the right and to the left.