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Early Manivelle of an Organ Grinder and his Dancing Automata

Auction:
2314
Lot:
333
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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2314
Location:
Bolton
Date / Time :
November 03, 2005 10:00AM

Description:

Early Manivelle of an Organ Grinder and his Dancing Automata, circa 1850, with papier-mache Sonnenberg-type head modeled as a man with flowing hair and hat, standing behind painted and paper-covered organ with crank and three miniature dancing automata on top (cat, dog and articulated sailor), on grain-painted base with hand-turned movement playing one air and causing the grinder to crank the handle and move his head in time to the music while the three figures dance wildly on the organ, in the original yellow cotton jacket, cravat and striped breeches, ht. 11 in.

Note: Pictured on the front cover of the MBSI News Bulletin, September / October 1991.
Estimate $2,000-3,000

Keywords

dog and articulated sailor , head , papier-mache Sonnenberg-type head , Busking, Crank