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Negre Fumeur Automaton by Roullet et Decamps

Auction:
2314
Lot:
385
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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2314
Location:
Bolton
Date / Time :
November 03, 2005 10:00AM

Description:

Negre Fumeur Automaton by Roullet et Decamps, with papier-mache head, black hair wig, brown eyes with articulated lids, and articulated lower jaw with painted teeth, sitting with pipe in right hand on bamboo chair, the body containing bellows and single-air going-barrel movement causing the boy to turn and nod his head, blink, raise the pipe to inhale while rubbing his stomach with his left hand, the smoke drawn through the right arm and emitted from the mouth as he moves his lips to exhale, in figured gray silk knee-length breeches, satin shirt and red smoking jacket, ht. 25 1/2 in., with Roullet et Decamps stop/start.
Literature: Christian Bailly, Automata, The Golden Age, p. 365. The original costume is included in this lot. The companion piece to lot 386.
Estimate $12,000-18,000

Keywords

bamboo chair , Christian Bailly, Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps, Automaton, Business, Pipe, Robotics