Musical automaton “Pianist”

    Musical automaton “Pianist”


    Circa 1890

    Wood, metal, paper, glass, cardboard; ithography, carpentry and mechanical work

    34.5 x 26 x 18.6 cm


    Lithography with automaton is mounted in wooded stepped black frame with goldish strip covered with glass and connected by hooks-clasps with wooden case. The automaton driving mechanism and musical movement with pinned cylinder, sound comb and spring drive is inside the case. The case lateral sides are pasted with imitating wood grain paper. The lithograph features a parlor with bookshelves, draperies and piano, behind which musician sits on red-upholstered stool. He is dressed in black jacket, bluish plaid trousers, brown shoes and bow tie. The score is on the music stand, the illegible name of the company is above the keyboard. Winding hole and cord for activating the musical movement are on the case right lateral side, wire lever for turning on the automaton mechanism is below. The automaton mechanism winding hole is on the case rear side. When the movement is winded and turned on, the melody sounds and the pianist's head and arm move vigorously, his left foot beats out time.