Musical automaton "Little Drummer" (Bébé Tambourinaire)

    Musical automaton "Little Drummer" (Bébé Tambourinaire)

    France, Paris

    circa 1895

    Lambert, Léopold

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

    Height 50 cm


    Automaton in the form of little drummer is set on rectangular stand, that has rounded corners and is covered with bordeaux velvet. The child is dressed in the shirt with a turndown collar and short trousers of light satin. Mesh collar and red bow are on the neck. The  jacket is made of thick fabric in with dark horizontal stripes is over the skirt. Wide collar, lapels and cuffs of red satin are trimmed with dark wavy braid. The head and hands are made of biscuit; the eyes are of blue glass. The drummer holds a beater covered with white leather in the right hand and wooden pipe in the left one. Shiny metal drum with patterned shells and leather diaphragm is hanging on the red ribbon thrown over the neck. The drum is decorated with red ribbons and white flowers.
    The keyhole and start / stop button are on the drum rear side.
    When the movement is turned on, the drummer's head bends and turns from side to side, the left hand rises and brings the pipe to his lips, the right hand rhythmically hits the beater on the drum. The actions are accompanied by the sounds of a musical movement with sound comb and cylinder.