Automaton "Walking peacock"

    Automaton "Walking peacock"

    France, Paris

    Circa 1910

    Roullet & Decamps

    Steel, brass, feathers; mechanical work

    60 x 15 x 32 cm, 0.7 cm


    Automaton in the form peacock in bright plumage with long beak, glass eyes and tail of peacock feathers is standing on brass feet. Additional feather-decorated support is behind. The cam mechanism with spring drive, an aperture and winding key on the left side and a lever for turning on / off the on the front side, are mounted inside the peacock.

    After activating the automaton, the peacock with folded tail feathers moves its feet, turns the head, as if looking around, having taken several steps, it stops, raises the feathers of the tail for a while, then lowers the feathers and continues to move, turning the head. 

    The automaton manufactured by Roullet & Decamps was in the collection of the Decamps family.