Mechanical Compositions

Musical automaton

    Musical automaton

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

    Height 53 cm

    Automaton is performed in the form of diorama. A multifigured composition is standing on the black wooden oval-shaped base.

    A group of horsemen on the bridge is in the central part, a medieval fortress with mill and water wheel is on the right hand side , a tower is on the left hand side, a 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, the water wheel rotates, the horsemen are moving along the bridge.

    The automaton is covered by a glass dome with the painted background.

    The movement is fitted inside the base, comprised of a music comb and a cylinder for two tunes.