Rabbit violinist automaton

    Rabbit violinist automaton

    France, Paris

    circa 1900

    Roullet & Decamps

    Fur, wood, metal; sewing, woodwork, mechanical work

    Height: 45 cm, 2 kg


    Automaton in the form of white rabbit on its hind feet, playing a violin, is mounted on rectangular, covered with red velvet stand. Metal rack with music stand and notes is in front of the rabbit. Blue velvet cape with fringe and brass image of a lyre is on the music stand. The rabbit with white fur covered body. Glass eyes with orange rim. It holds a fiddlestick in its right paw, a violin in its left one. A keyhole for the winding key is in his right side and a start-stop button is on its back.

    When the movement is turned on, the right paw leads the bow along the strings, the left paw raises and lowers the violin, and the head turns from side to side, the tail rises and falls in time with the right paw. Actions are accompanied by the sounds of musical movement with sound comb and cylinder for one tune.