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Musical Automaton of a Black Female "Magician,"

Auction:
2760M
Lot:
539
Sold for:
$861$700

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2760M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
November 01, 2014 10:00AM

Description:

Musical Automaton of a Black Female "Magician," R. Aldridge, in the style of Henry Phalibois, the female voodoo priestess dressed in a silk and lace gown, and a headdress made of netting, beads, and jeweles, the key-wind, single-air movement activates the child that is resting on a beaded chantry to be raised and lowered while her head nodes and arms move up and down, standing on a rope-edged circular pedestal and standing below a tree adorned with dried flowers, all mounted on a velvet lined molded base, with plaque reading La Maicenne, ht. 24 in.
Estimate $1,200-1,800


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Keywords

Magician, Henry Phalibois