Mechanical Compositions

Musical automaton, with glass dome

    Musical automaton, with glass dome

    Late 19th century

    Wood, metal, glass, paper; painting, papier-mâché

    Height 53 cm


    Automatonin the form of diorama - the multifigured composition is mounted on black wooden oval-shaped base. A group of horsemen on the bridge is in the center, medieval fortress with the mill and water wheel is on the right hand side, a tower is on the left hand side, small ship is in the bottom part. The movement imitates a ship rocking on the waves, the guard in the tower comes into motion simultaneously, water wheel rotates, the horsemen are moving along the bridge. The automaton is covered with glass dome with painted background. The movement is mounted inside the base, it is comprised of music comb and cylinder for two tunes.