Automaton "Girl riding a tricycle"

    Automaton "Girl riding a tricycle"

    France, Paris

    circa 1900

    Roullet & Decamps

    Papier-mache, porcelain, wood, metal, fabric; sewing, painting

    23 х 13.5 x 20 cm


    Automaton in the form of a girl sitting in a chair with wicker back on a tricycle with silver color wheels. The movement in black metal casing with hallmark is mounted under the chair. The spring motor is key wound. A bracket is in front on the footrest, fork with white spiral-shaped elements, white wheel on the headset and the steering wheel. The girl has blue eyes, with earrings in her ears, a bow around her neck and a cap with a visor on her blonde hair. She is wearing red walking suit. Yellow blouse with notched collar is beneath the suit. Red shoes and black socks are on her feet. Her right hand is on the steering wheel; a bell is in her left hand. The girl's head, neck and hands are from biscuit - unglazed porcelain.

    After the movement is acivated and the key is removed, the tricycle with the girl goes round in circles; the girl’s left hand descends and rises, the bell rings.