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Roullet et Decamps Acrobat on Ladder Automaton

Auction:
2946M
Lot:
1003
Sold for:
$2,583$2,100

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2946M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
October 28, 2016 10:00AM

Description:

Roullet et Decamps Acrobat on Ladder Automaton, c. 1900, with bisque head and hands, closed mouth, blue eyes, feathered brows, pierced ears and blonde hair wig, dressed in a gold and red costume with mirrored accents, single-air tune plays while the acrobat rises to a handstand on both hands then transfers to one hand, and then back down to original pose, all while balancing on a gilt-painted ladder, all resting on a red velvet-covered octagonal box, ht. 26 in.
Estimate $2,000-4,000

mechanics are functioning along with music, but cleaning is recommended, faded and worn original costume, bisque head has small chips at back, lacking one of the feet on the box.


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

Asanas, Automaton, BisQue, Cuisine, Food and drink, Handstand