Musical automaton "Clown playing diabolo"

    Musical automaton "Clown playing diabolo"

    France, Paris


    Vichy, Gustave

    Wood, metal, steel, brass, papier-mâché, glass; painting, sewing, carpentry and mechanical work

    95 x 27 x 25 cm, 10 kg


    Musical automaton in the form of a clown’s figure is mounted on green wooden rectangular stand, covered with red velvet with golden braid. Clown head, neck and hands are made from papier-mâché,  brown glass eyes are moving, an ashen wig and a hat are on his head. He is dressed in yellow satin clown jumpsuit with puffed sleeves, decorated with stripes and beads. Light boots with pompoms and red stockings are on his feet. The clown holds  sticks with threads and bright medallion. Musical movement with a sound comb, pinned cylinder, spring drive and mechanism are mounted in the stand. A crank for winding and an on/off lever are on the rear side . When the movement is activated, music sounds, along with the music, the clown’s head and eyes turn left and right, the upper part of his torso leans to both sides, the clown alternately raises and lowers his hands, the medallion moves along the thread and rotates. Winding crank is in the set.