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Scene Mecanique Automaton of a Port

Auction:
2314
Lot:
344
Sold for:
$1,293$1,100

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

Description:

Scene Mecanique Automaton of a Port, circa 1880, the papier-mache and painted-card scene of a harbor, viaduct and Chinoiserie buildings including a clock-tower Pagoda with French flag and circling soldiers, on ebonized base with pull-string cylinder movement playing two Chinese airs, driving pulleys and causing windmill and watermill to turn, soldiers to parade on the tower, a ship to heave on tissue-paper waves and the No. 108 train from Paris to Nancy to pass over the viaduct, under replacement glass dome, ht. 20 in.

Note: The oriental theme is unusual and suggests that this piece was intended for export to the Eastern market.
Estimate $1,200-1,500

Keywords

Nancy, Paris, Agricultural buildings, Chinese art, Chinoiserie, Pagoda, Smock mills, Windmill