Automaton "Elephant in the botanical garden"

    Automaton "Elephant in the botanical garden"

    France, Paris

    Circa 1900

    Roullet & Decamps

    Porcelain, wood, metal, fabric, leather; sewing, mechanical work, painting

    38 x 55 x 22 cm, 4 kg


    Automaton in the form of an elephant made of papier-mâché, standing on four mobile legs on wheels. The skin of the elephant is light gray, the head with large ears and moving trunk, tusks are of painted wood, and brown glass eyes. The blanket on his back and parkhar on the head are made of purple velvet and have metal gimp rim. A bench is fixed above the blanket. Two pairs of ruddy-cheeked children with porcelain heads and warm clothes with scarves sit with their backs to each other.
    The control mechanism with spring motor is mounted in the elephant body. Winding key is on the left side, start/stop button is on the rear side.
    When the movement is turned on, the elephant raises and lowers its trunk, blows, rides on wheels, alternately moving its legs.