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Large Roullet & Decamps Magician Automaton

Auction:
2476
Lot:
137
Sold for:
$80,580$68,000

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Auction:
European Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2476
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
October 10, 2009 11:00AM

Description:

Large Roullet & Decamps Magician Automaton, France, c. 1890, a black female magician with brown-tinted bisque character Jumeau flange head stamped Depose Tete Jumeau 10, brown paperweight glass eyes, brown human hair wig, composition hands, fashionably clad in lace blouse, satin and velvet jacket, and crinoline skirt, holding a magic wand and standing over a tripod table covered in a red velvet and gold embroidered tablecloth, the table top mounted with two overturned silver paper-covered flowerpots, and a gold-foiled die, each opening to a mohair-covered monkey head, a bisque child's face with hands, and a bisque clown with painted face, respectively, each set with paperweight eyes. Musical movement playing one tune. Actions include the head turning side to side, forward and back, the right arm moving side to side and up and down, the table containers open and close to reveal each figure. The monkey turns side to side and opens its mouth. The bisque child moves side to side and blows kisses. The clowns moves side to side and sticks its tongue out, ht. 28 in., (excellent, figure redressed in antique fabrics).
Estimate $25,000-35,000

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France, brown-tinted bisque character Jumeau flange head, magician, monkey head, Automaton, Bisque

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