Automaton "Monkey in the coconut"

    Automaton "Monkey in the coconut"

    France, Paris

    Circa 1900

    Roullet & Decamps

    Papier-mâché, metal, glass, leather; painting, mechanical work

    Height 25 cm


    Automaton in the form of a coconut covered with hard dark fibres. The “shell” of the nut is made of papier-mâché. The upper part is a hinged conical lid. A button for activating the automaton movement and a key hole are on nut rear side. When the movement is switched on, the top lid folds back and the monkey’s head with glass brown eyes appears from the nut and turns to the viewer. The monkey opens and closes its mouth, as if smacking from pleasure received from eating the pulp of the nut. At the end of the working cycle, the head hides inside the nut and the lid closes.  Winding key is in the set.