Musical automaton "Young man with banjo"

    Musical automaton "Young man with banjo"

    France, Paris

    Circa 1895

    Vichy, Gustave

    Papier-mache, bisque, wood, metal, fabric; sewing, mechanical work, carving, woodwork, lathe

    70 x 31 x 28 cm, 8 kg

    On the key: "8"


    Musical automaton in the form of a figure of dark-skinned young man sitting with crossed bare feet on high wooden chair with the seat covered with burgundy color velvet with braid. The young man has brown glass eyes, moving eyelids, black hair, teeth are visible in his half-open mouth. Orange hat is on his head. He is dressed in short black velvet trousers, blue blouse, red shirt with three buttons; orange scarf is around his neck. The young man holds a three-string banjo in his left hand.
    Musical movement with sound comb, pinned cylinder for two tunes and spring motor is mounted under the seat of the chair. Winding key and start/stop button are on the rear side.
    When the movement is turned on, the music sounds, the young man “blinks”, turns his head right and left, up and down, his right hand moves along the strings of the banjo, the young man moves his right foot in time with the music.