Musical automaton "Spahi guitar player"

    Musical automaton "Spahi guitar player"

    France, Paris

    Circa 1910

    Lambert, Léopold

    Papier-mache, wood, metal, fabric; sewing, mechanical work, painting

    Height 64 cm

    On the paper label: ”2 AIRS”, “La Mascotte. Quadrille Carmen, Chanson du Toréador”, “1675-1688”. On the key: "LB"


    Automaton in the form of Spahi (light cavalry regiments of the French army recruited primarily from the indigenous populations of Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco), playing guitar is mounted on wooden rectangular stand, covered with red velvet. The guitar player is dressed in white burnous from fine wool fabric, linen shirt with band collar and harem Green shoes with red bows and red knitted socks are on the feet. Bright red sash is the waist. White woolen scarf is on papier-mâché head. The face with brown glass eyes, opening mouth, beard and mustache of natural hair. The hands are made of biscuit. The musician is holding a six-string guitar in his hands.
    The crown and the start-stop button are located under the cover on the stand rear side. Paper sticker with the list of melodies in the artistic vignette is on the stand lateral side. When the mechanism is turned on, the right hand plunks the guitar strings, the left hand raises the neck, the mouth opens and closes, the musician sings, the head turns from side to side, the upper eyelids low and rise.
    The actions are accompanied by the sounds of the musical movement with sound comb and cylinder. The key is authentic with the letters "LB" on the grip.