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Early Tumbling Acrobats Automaton

Auction:
2314
Lot:
313
Sold for:
$2,350$2,000

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2314
Location:
Bolton
Date / Time :
November 03, 2005 10:00AM

Description:

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.
Estimate $800-1,200

Keywords

Dresden, Germany, Emporium of English, John Galletti, Argyl Arcade, Glasgow, acrobat