Early Tumbling Acrobats Automaton
- Sold for:
- Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2314
- Date / Time :
- November 03, 2005 10:00AM
Early Tumbling Acrobats Automaton, Germany, circa 1850, the two female acrobats with papier-mache heads, molded hair decorated with floral garlands, and silk and painted costumes trimmed with gold Dresden paper, their arms connected by wire armatures to mercury-filled pasteboard tubes, in embossed paper-covered metamorphic box unfolding to form a flight of steps, with drawer beneath containing the original instruction sheet in German, French, English and Italian, and underside with retailer's label From John Galletti, Looking Glass & Picture-Frame Makers, Emporium of English and Foreign Manufactures, 24 Argyl Arcade, Glasgow. Established Half a Century, acrobat ht. 2 1/2 in., box wd. 7 in.