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France - Chartres - Galerie de Chartres
Important auction of
Automatas and mechanical music instruments
Chartres (France)
Dimanche 12 mai 2002, à 14h.
Sunday 12 May 2002, at 2 PM
In the "Galerie de Chartres", 300 yards from the Cathedral.

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N° 805 & 811

About 260 lots : Fine automata by Bontems, Farkas, Decamps, Roullet-Decamps, Vichy, etc.
Coin operated and gambling machines, phonographs and fairground artifacts, and a Scopitone
A model at scale 1/10 th of the famous astronomical clock in the  Strasbourg cathedral
A large 52 keys Limonaire type organ, on a trailer, and a 38 keys Limonaire
A Magic Organa accordion with percussions
Many barrel pianos, organettes, and serinettes,
Many musical boxes, cylinder boxes (a rare Capital Box, an interchangeable Ullmann,
two coin operated "boîtes de gare") and disc boxes (Mira, Polyphon, Symphonion)
An exceptional collection of engravings about barrel organ players.






Me Jean-Pierre Lelièvre - Pascal Maiche - Alain Paris
Commissaires-priseurs associés

Important :

The auction will take place as usual in the old gothic "Chapel", 300 yards
from the cathedral (with the same new phone and fax numbers as the office),
7, rue Collin d'Harleville, 28000-Chartres.

But for administration and enquiries, new office address, telephone and fax:
10, rue Claude Bernard - ZA du Coudray BP 70129 - 28003 Chartres Cedex
Tel.*  +33 (0) 2 37 88 28 28
Fax * : + 33 (0) 2 37 88 28 20
E-mail: chartres@galeriedechartres.com

Mechanical music consultant for this auction :
M. Philippe Rouillé, (expert CNES),
Tel.* +33 (0)1 42 36 10 25  Fax.* : +33 (0)1 42 33 69 81
* Do not dial the first (0) if you are outside France.

Important notice.

Estimates are given in euros.

This English translation is given only for the convenience of English speaking clients, and tries to be as reliable as
possible. Nevertheless, only the French text of the catalogue (with the occasional corrections given during the
auction) is conclusive. (Please read the general conditions of the auction on the back of the cover of the French
catalogue). If you have any doubts or questions about an item, please ask the auction house before the auction.

If you are interested in dolls, there is a large specialized auction (and a special catalogue in French) on Saturday
May 11th, with several hundred lots.

The price mentioned in the estimates is the price expected at the hammer, in euros. For the buyer, add a total
premium of 11 % (exactly 10,854 %) on the hammer price.

A reference is sometimes made to the book by Q. D. Bowers, "Encyclopaedia of Automatic Musical instruments"
(Vestal Press, USA, 1972 and many subsequent reprints).

Chartres is a beautiful old city, about 1 hour from Paris with a car or by train. You may visit one of the finest
XIIIth century cathedral in France, with wonderful deep blue stained glass windows ("le bleu de Chartres"). It has
been for centuries a well known pilgrimage.

For any information or to get another catalog (please specify if you want this English translation too), just write or
fax to the above mentioned address, or send an e-mail to : chartres@galeriedechartres.com

Large excerpts of the catalogue (and the results after the auction) will be published, as soon as possible, at the
following web address : http://www.mmdigest.com/Auctions/


Lots 702 to 730 : An exceptional collection of engravings about barrel organ players.

About 80 engravings, most of them from the XIXth century and of German origin, in excellent condition, many of them in colour, depicting barrel organ players and
their public.

These documents are not unique, but they are rare and difficult to find : they are extracts from the publications of that period, newspapers, revues, satirical journals,
etc. It took many years for the collector who sells them to-day to find them. Most of these engravings are protected by cardboard frames.

If not otherwise stated, every engraving depicts a barrel organ player. Dimensions are approximate and apply only to the engraving  itself, without margins. B&W =
black and White. Color = colored.

Moritat : Barrel organ players, especially German ones, used to sing or tell stories (often frightening) with the help of a stick pointing out on a large panel the various
episodes, as in a comic strip.
 
N° 702. "Bal des Chasseurs Alpins", a colour-illustrated supplément to the Petit Journal 24 oct. 1997, complete with caption, medium condition.
Est. 15/30 €

N° 703. "Chanteurs ambulants", a fine color lithogr. ca 22 x 17 cm, extract from "la Gazette" (?) 1924-1925.
Est. 30/50 €

N° 704. "Domenico, der Leierkastenmann", From a painting by H. Jacquier. German litho, ca 1895, ca 20 x 14 cm.
Est. 30/50 €

N° 705. Five XIXth c. lithos, one in colour.
Est. 100/120 €

N° 706. "Le marchand de Rois", b&w, dimensions with the poem 34 x 22 cm, slightly foxed, early XIXth c.
Est. 70/100 €


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N° 707. "Le Chanteur en Foire", b&w, 24 x 18,5 cm, a fine "Moritat" scene, without organ, with a caption. Engraved in Basel by Romanet from a picture by Seckaz, dated 1766.
Est. 150/200 €

N° 708. A b&w caricature, Punch 26 april 1862 "The Popish Organ Nuisance" : Palmerston asks Napoléon the IIId to oblige the Pope to go away because he is disturbing the quietness of Europe ... 25 x 18 cm.
Est. 30/50 €


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N° 709. "Here's Moggy and Michael... and Organ", a saltimbanque family with an organ player, a very fine English hand coloured print, end of 18th c. 15 x 23,5 cm.
Est. 100/200 €

N° 710. "Mariage à la mode, toilette scène" a domestic concert after Hogarth, coloured 18th c. ? engraving, 12 x 15 cm.
Est. 30/50 €

N° 711. Six small size engravings, b&w.
Est. 80/120 €

N° 712. Four small size engravings, b&w., of which one of church organ makers at work, and a German text without related illustration : "Der Orgelmann".
Est. 100/120 €


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N° 713. Seven five humoristical engravings, two of them in colour (one depicts a kind of corrida ...).
Est. 180/200 €

N° 714. Six half-modern engravings, of which two in colour and two original "Métallographie" by Hermann Doort.
Est. 100/120 €


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N° 715. Five small engravings of (civil or war) crippled organ players, of which 3 in colour.
Est. 100/120 €

N° 716. Six small colour engravings, and one variant in b&w, showing how barrel organ players fascinate young children.
Est. 150/200 €

N° 717. Four engravings : one in colour, another in colour with its b&w counterpart, and one in b&w.
Est. 150/180 €

N° 718. Five small colour engravings, some with "moritat", and one b&w counterpart of one of them.
Est. 100/120 €


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N° 719. Six middle-sized colour portraits of barrel organ players.
Est. 150/180 €

N° 720. Three large coloured multi-scenes engravings (a feast, with other musicians, etc.).
Est. 120/150 €


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N° 721. Two fine colour full length portraits of organ players.
Est. 150/180 €

N° 722. Two large colour engravings : one fine full lenght portrait, and an indoor scene with a monkey.
Est. 180/220 €


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N° 723. Two fine colour engravings of organ players in front of farmers windows.
Est. 120/150 €

N° 724. Two large colour engravings of feast scenes.
Est. 120/150 €


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N° 725. Four very fine colour engravings of "Moritat" (one in Spain, without barrel organ).
Est. 200/300 €


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N° 726. Two colour very lively dance scenes with barrel organ. 180/250
Est. 180/250 €

N° 727. A rare old engraving, depicting a open air "Moritat" scene, without barrel organ, "Der Marktschreier in Selowitz, Praemie zur Biene", a premium by a litterary club in the 19th c. A story teller with an audience of ca 20 farmers, with monkeys teasing people on the right side. 57 x 67 cm, slightly foxed, small tear on the sides.
Est. 250/350 €

N° 728. Two colour engravings with open air circus scenes.
Est. 150/180 €


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N° 729. A large color engraving with a puppet show scene for children.
Est. 180/250 €

N° 730. Barrel organ scenes, good xeroxes of old engravings, on fine paper, ca 30x42 cm each. 9 lots with the same 9 or 10 engravings each (89 xeroxes as a whole). Will be sold by grouping several lots together.
Est. each lot: 40/60 €

N° 731. Buchner, A., Les instruments de musique mécanique, Gründ, Paris 1992.
Est. 30/40 €

N° 732. Musée d'instruments de musique mécanique, Paris, 1987 (ancienne collection H. Triquet).
Est. 30/40 €

N° 733. Petites causeries d'un ingénieur, by Max de Nansouty (A. Colin, 1911) ; and a reprint of bulletins 1 à 11 de l'ANCAHA (Horlogerie ancienne), 1968-1973.
Est. 30/50 €

N° 734. An old catalogue, of the Manufacture d'Instruments de Musique Limonaire Frères à Paris
Est. 200/300 €

N° 738. A small round manivelle metal music box, playing one tune ("Carnaval"). Transfer decoration (wear). Ca 1900.
Est. 50/100 €

N° 739. "Tir des Pompiers de Nanterre", A fine lithographed cardboard fairground target. Some wear. One tune. Humoristic scene with firemen, a fairground feast, carrousels, etc. In working order. 1st third of 20th c. 41x52cm
Est. 200/300 €

N° 740. A box with "La Loïe Fuller" shadow pantomime, with scenery and music. Good used condition.
Est. 250/350 €

N° 741. "Course à ânes", a new society game with small music (vibrations ?). Fine Chromolithograph.
Est. 250/350 €

N° 742. A miniature manivelle barrel organ (not operative), 21cm.
Est. 15/30 €

N° 743. A musical piano shaped cigarette dispenser. In translucid stuff (accidents), 15 cm.
Est. 30/50 €

N° 744. A small manivelle 2 tunes musical box, with a lithogr. of a village feast. Tunesheet. Wear. 12 cm.
Est. 80/120 €

N° 745. A musical 2 tunes photo album. One of the photos depicts a girl with her doll.
Est. 120/180 €

N° 746. A curious metal child musical plate, (with a hot water reservoir). Small Lador 18 teeth movement.
Est. 100/200 €

N° 747. A wooden 2 tunes alarm clock. Some wear, it works. The movement has to be refixed, and the box cleaned. Height 30 cm.
Est. 120/160 €

N° 748. A small 2 dancing dolls on top musical box. Heads damaged. Complete, but needs to be fixed. Some wear. 15 cm.
Est. 100/200 €

N° 749. A fine 2 tunes harmonium shaped cigarette dispenser, Tune sheeet. Some wear and small parts lacking, movement blocked and not visible. 23x20cm.
Est. 150/300 €

N° 750. A small dancing doll on top 2 tunes musical box. Tune sheet, in working order, but doll lacking. 15 cm.
Est. 100/150 €

N° 751. A 2 tunes composition snuffbox, depicting "Paris, Palais de l'Institut". Case 9,5 cm : some wear and accidents (hinge, bottom replaced). 19th c. Fine playing and sound.
Est. 250/350 €

N° 752. A 2 tunes composition snuffbox, after the picture : "La Cène, by Leonardo da Vinci". Box 9,5 cm, some wear, 19th c. Good playing and sound (some damper noises).
Est. 280/350 €


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N° 753. A 6 tunes musical clock base, Oval shaped varnished base, 45 cm, with a metal plaque with the tunes titles. Brass cyl. 9,2cm. 42 teeth, probably by J. Cuendet. Artisanal zither system. Ca 1870/80. Good sound.
Est. 300/500 €

N° 754. Thibouville, Organina 24 keys. Black case 52cm (wear). Bellows remade, good general condition but several reeds play continuously. With 5 used old books of music. Ca 1900.
Est. 1500/2000 €


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N° 755. A coin operated "de gare" (station) musical box, with 3 dancing dolls, and (incomplete) sweet dispenser. Black case, sculpted with a glass door in front, and an 18 cm top. Height without top : 72 cm. Width : 49 cm. Small accidents. 8 tunes tunesheet. Handle winding. Nickel plated double barrel movement (spring unhooked). 33cm cyl. "Sublime Harmonie" on 2 combs (2 broken teeth, some rust), with drum and 6 bells. 3 large old dancing dolls. A typical piece ca 1900, which could be found in train stations. Needs restoration.
Est. 5000/7000 €


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N° 756. Polyphon, an upright 40 cm disc musical box, on a (not original) base with coin operation (incomplete). 173x54x34xcm. (Top lacking). Two 38 teeth each opposite combs (total 76 teeth). Ca 1900. Spring motor, but no handle, due to electrification of the transmission (220 V). In working order, good condition. With 13 discs (some rust).
Est. 2200/3500 €

N° 757. A 12 tunes musical box, Large simple black case, the two forebolts lacking. 67 cm. Red inside, ca 1870. Hand witten tune sheet ("Musique de Genève"). Keywound (formerly lever- ? ). Brass 42 cm cyl. One broken tooth, and another badly repaired. In working order.
Est. 1100/1500 €

N° 758. Symphonion, a small 11,5 cm disc musical box, Case 18 cm (some wear) stamped "Coronation", with operating instructions in English inside the cover. Speed regulation. In working order, with 4 discs. Ca 1900.
Est. 250/350 €


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N° 759. A small coin-operated barrel piano, "Automatic Piano Souribes Contrexéville Vosges", "Baby Piano" inscribed on the cast iron frame. Dark wood case in good condition (a few chips), with a faded canvas painted with birds. 117x85x48cm. Some worm damage to the lids. Tune sheet (8 tunes). Incomplete coin mechanism. Winding with a handle. One 58 cm "interchangeable" wooden cylinder (some circular wear). "Mandoline" effect missing. Beginning of the 20th c. Good general condition, it works, but a restoration is advisable.
Est. 900/1500 €


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N° 760. A large 8 tunes interchangeable cylinder musical box, Fine case with boxwood stringing and inlay decoration, canted corners, some small wear. 79cm. Lever wound, one spring barrel, with one 33 cm brass cylinder. Swiss, end of 19th c. Good playing and sound, a few damper noises. Good condition, but needs cleaning.
Est. 1800/2500 €


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N° 761. Polyphon, a large 50 cm disc table musical box. Sculpted wooden case with inlay (many accidents, worm damage). 66cm. Under the lid, a fine glassed engraving of putti. Two opposite combs with each 40+ 19 teeth, both totalising 118 teeth. 2 broken teeth. Ca 1900. Good playing and sound (some damper noises). Needs restoration and attention to the disc driving. With one disc.
Est. 2000/3000 €

N° 762. Polyphon, an upright coin operated 50 cm disc musical box. Sculpted wooden case (some traces of later painting), height without top : 98cm. Spring driven with a handle. 2 opposite combs with 60 teeth each. Complete (excepted the glass cover of the spring, and the wooden grip of the handle), but general cleaning and some adjustments (coin operation) needed. Ca 1900. Good sound. With 20 discs (some rust, and bent borders). A similar style cabinet (perhaps original) houses the discs (needs refixing). Height. 1m. Total height, base, instrument and top : 2,25m.
Est. 3500/5500 €


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N° 763. A rare 30 keys Piano Melodico, small model on feet, black case 87 cm (some worm damage). Apparently complete, good general condition, with 3 books of music, but needs restoration. Ca 1900.
Est. 1500/2500 €


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N° 764. A rare "Limonaire Frères" 38 keys carrousel organ, with bass drum, snare drum and cymbal, to restore. Rectangular painted front (many repaints), with the inscription : "Limonaire Fres", with small columns, and side consoles for the percussions. Height. 144, width. 160, depht. 77cm. Ca 87 pipes (stopped, open and reeds), of which 6 bass pipes under the case. 2 automatic stops. Some tentative restorations, very dirty and some moisture. Electrical motor (without guarantee). 1st third of the 20th c.It does not work, but seems com plete and near its original condition (upper top and a rear panel missing), as described in the period Limonaire catalogues. With 20 books of music, most of them modern.
Est. 7000/10000 €


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N° 765. A rectangular shaped coin operated barrel piano, "Aubertin Troyes", stamped inside "Eolienne Foray-Storace Nice". Glazed front (some chips, glass missing) with in the middle an oriental style painting. 167x92x58cm. 10 tunes tunesheet. Speed adjustment missing. Spring driven with a handle. Large 68 cm wooden cylinder (circular wear) playing on 36 piano keys, a tambourine (3 keys), a cymbal and some rattles. Wooden frame (lower part partly replaced, some splits). Beginning of 20th c. Good general condition, but a restoration is advisable.
Est. 1500/2000 €

N° 766. L'Epée, a 6 tunes musical box, according to the nice tune sheet. Case with transfer decoration (some wear). 31cm. Nickel plated movement, lever wound, tune indicator, 9 cm cyl. Good playing and sound. This box is very typical of the end of the 19th c.
Est. 500/700 €

N° 767. A rare 8 tunes serinette, end of 18th c., with handwritten tune sheet, and on the cylinder the maker's label (partly illegible) "ALRIE ? père, facteur de serinettes, Charmes (?) sur Moselle, en Lorraine". Some normal wear, restoration needs completion, interresting tunes and playing.
Est. 1000/1500 €

N° 768. Edelweiss, a 20,5 disc coin operated musical box. Fine fair wooden box with boxwood stringing decoration. Handle missing (so we could not listen to it). One comb, one disc. Otherwise, good general condition.
Est. 300/500 €

N° 769. Seraphone, a 20 keys organette, with one paper roll (torn beginning). L 44cm. Apparently complete, but needs to be restored. Ca 1900.
Est. 400/600 €

N° 770. A small "3 Aires" (sic) musical box, with old tunesheet of erratic precision. Inlaid box 13cm. Cyl. 7cm. Good notation (damper noises, 3d tune to adjust). Ca 1900.
Est. 200/300 €

N° 771. "Boîte de gare", a coin operated musical box, with marbles or sweets dispenser. 6 tunes. Windowcase style box (some damage to the upholstery). 45x49x30cm. Keywound, visible movement with 21 cm nickel plated cylinder. Zither at will, tune indicator. Ca 1900. 4 broken teeth, a little rust, some damper noises. otherwise good condition and sound. Although its appearance (height, mirror in the bottom) suggests it, this box does not seem to have ever had dancing dolls.
Est. 1500/2000 €


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N° 772. Bremond, a rare all "voix célestes" musical box, (36 notes) long playing, 10 tunes interchangeable cylinders. Fine case with boxwood stringing and veneered decoration (some accidents) 37x79x45cm. Exterior ratchet handle winding. Two large barrels, one on each side of the shaft. Governor with speed adjustment. Tune indicator, Brass 20 cm cylinder, 8,5cm in diameter. Ca 1875. (2 cylinders present on the 6 mentionned on the large tunesheet). Good general condition, it works but lacks air from the bellows. Needs cleaning and adjusting. This type of box with reeds only and no comb with vibrating teeth is rare.
Est. 3000/5000 €

N° 773. "Harpe Tremolo", a fine 8 tunes musical box, 57 cm box, with boxwood stringing and inlay decoration (small splits). Fine tunesheet (small tear). Leverwound. 33 cm cyl playing on 2 combs, zither at will, tune indicator. End of the 19th c. Good playing and sound, good programm. An interesting box needing a good cleaning.
Est. 1500/2000 €

N° 774. Mermod, a 8 tunes musical box, nice tune sheet, winding with exterior handle (missing). Simple case (boxwood stringing) 40cm. Typical Mermod barrel and stops. Brass 14 cm cyl. End of the 19th c. Good condition and working order. Under the box is inscribed : "restaurée par E. Blyelle en 1973".
Est. 500/700 €

N° 775. Edelweiss, a 20,5 cm disc musical box, 40 cm case, a split in the cover and worn transfer. Handle, one comb. Ca 1900, with one disc. Good general condition and sound.
Est. 400/600 €

N° 776. Symphonion, a 26 cm disc musical box, Simple case (some accidents), 33cm. Front lever winding. One 48 teeth comb (one broken tooth). The locking of the disc maintaining rod needs attention. It works, good sound. Ca 1900. With 1 disc.
Est. 400/500 €


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N° 777. A fine Black Forest style musical chair. Sculpted and inlaid wood, with hunting scenes. Height, ca 90cm. The small 2 tunes movement starts when someone sits on. End of 19th c. Good general condition (small normal wears).
Est. 350/550 €

N° 778. Autophone, Cabinet Roller Organ, a 20 keys organette. Case with handles, and maker's transfer decoration. 46cm. A handle turns the 16 cm wooden cylinder ("cobs"), with helicoidal notation (3 turns for 1 tune). American, ca 1900. With 10 cylinders, of which "La Marseillaise".
Est. 800/1200 €

N° 779. A musical sewing necessaire, in the shape of a traveling case. Black leather with metal corners. 22cm. Inside, blue fabric decoration, a mirror, and a small tray with the sewing implements (small parts missing). In the bottom, a nice tabatière style movement, playing well (defective winding). End of 19th c.
Est. 300/600 €

N° 780. A 2 tunes musical cigar dispenser, with tune sheet. Height 29cm. The music plays when opening the sides. Various accidents to the case. Plays well.
Est. 150/200 €

N° 781. A dummy fair organ front, in the Gasparini style. From old elements (very worn sculptures and paintings). Central part 150x115, + 2 side parts of width. 37cm each, + 2 top elements of height 40cm. Needs restoration.
Est. 300/600 €

N° 782. Fourneaux, a cylinder harmonium, in need of completion and restoration (handle, keybord, transmissions, etc... lacking). Case 85x110x51cm. The maker's card "breveté du roi"" dates the instrument before1848. Fine 86 cm cylinder (Sanctus, Offertoire, etc..). Bellows, 4 reed stops chest (a few parts missing). For a very similar instrument in good condition, see Ord-Hume, Barrel Organ, photos 42. Fourneaux is mostly known for his 1963 patent for the "Pianista", the first pneumatic system to be placed in front of a piano.
Est. 50/150 €

N° 783. A 2 tunes cigar dispenser, Black case, 6 opening doors, end of 19th c. apparently complete (not dismantled) needs restoration.
Est. 100/200 €

N° 784. A 11,5 cm disc musical alarm clock, with one disc. Wooden case, height 34cm. 2 broken teeth. It works, but needs restoration.
Est. 100/200 €

N° 785. A small manivelle rectangular musical box, 14 cm. The former owner states : "walnut box, good 56 teeth 3 tunes movement L'Epée 1860-1880". Without any guarantee, as we could not open this box (rusted screws).
Est. 50/150 €

N° 786. A small manivelle rectangular musical box, ca 15cm, with a chromo on the lid, and tunesheet of the "4 airs, made in France" under the box. A later handwritten indication states "28 lames, 4 airs au tour". Without any guarantee, as we could not open this box (rusted screws).
Est. 50/100 €

N° 787. An empty musical box case, probably for a hidden bells movement. 51cm. Brass stringing and inlay decoration. Some wear.
Est. 50/100 €

N° 788. A musical photo album, with a chromo on the lid, Small 2 tunes movement (defective spring ratchet).
Est. 75/125 €


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N° 789. A fine 4 tunes musical tile, with service bell. Tunesheet, the tile depicts a "scène galante". Good usual condition ca 1900.
Est. 120/180 €

N° 790. A small musical casket, 3 tunes (tunesheet), handle, and transfer print on the front. 21cm. Accidents.
Est. 30/50 €

N° 791. Symphonion, a 14,5 cm disc musical box, in a "Japanese" style lacquered box. 5 broken teeth, one disc. Ca 1900. As is, without handle.
Est. 50/100 €

N° 792. A musical tile, without music. A bird and flowers. Worm damage.
Est. 50/75 €

N° 793. A musical base, Black oval case. Pull cord winding, cyl. 3cm. Good condition, but does not work (needs cleaning).
Est. 40/80 €

N° 794. Five modern enlargements of old photos from the beginning of the 20th c. 60x80 on plywood and plexi protected, some wear. Two photos show the Limonaire workshop (making the organs and the books of music). Three show phonographs scenes ; a recording, the making of records, and a sound movie projector. These two lots may be sold separately.
Est. 80/150 €

N° 797. Four books, amidst them "l'Age d'or des automates" by Ch. Bailly.
Est. 40/60 €

N° 798. Decamps : a rare walking teckel dog. glass eyes, L 32 cm.
Est. 200/300 €

N° 799. A mechanical walking Elephant, attributed to Elie Martin, long. 28 cm. Skin covered cardboard.
Est. 300/400 €

N° 800. Elie Martin : a fine mechanical jumping horse, with a cow boy, skin covered horse, (an accident to the bisque head), it works, Long. 21 cm.
Est. 200/300 €


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N° 801. Toto and Tata, by Roullet Decamps, Two fine and rare mechanical toys, composition heads after the Montmartre painter Poulbot, with beautiful original clothes, the boy as a schoolboy with his schoolbag in his back, the girl rocking her doll. With swinging and walking mechanisms. Beginning of the 20th c. , fine original condition, 36 cm.
Est. 3000/5000 €


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N° 802. Decamps : a bear as an acrobat, covered with white skin, wooden legs. Fine movement, winding by rotating the arms. Attached with a chain. H 28 cm.
Est. 500/800 €

N° 803. Roullet Decamps : a kettle with a baby sending kisses, "Marmite : bébé sortant de l'intérieur envoyant des baisers", rare and fine automaton, end of 19th c. Modeled and varnished kettle, the child with a rare bisque head by Jumeau, open mouth and double rank of teeth, blue paperweight eyes, bisque hands (accident to a thumb), fine mechanism : the kettle cover opens, the child rotates towards the audience and send 3 kisses, then hides again inside the kettle. Fine original condition. Height 20 to 27 cm, r&eacu te;f. 198 in the Maison Roullet Decamps catalogue . See Chr. Bailly, "l'âge d'or des automates", page 292.
Est. 2500/4000 €


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N° 804. A German automaton with a handle, depicting a barrel organ, with two characters seated on the instrument. Bisque heads, one depicting a full head playing cymbals, the other a monkey beating time. Height 30 cm.
Est. 5000/7000 €


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N° 805. Vichy. A fine 3 wheels mechanical toy to be pulled, "Femme à la cage à oiseau" (a woman with a bird in a cage). Fine rotating Jumeau head on bisque shoulders, bisque hands, fine original clothes, with mechanism producing a voice. Accidents to the front wheel and to one of the rear wheels. Height 46 cm, end of the 19th c.
Est. 4000/6000 €


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N° 806. Phalibois, an automaton of a barrister, "L'Avocat", Fine automaton with 7 actions by wooden cams. Mechanism stamped in an oval J. Phalibois. Recently revised movement in good condition : head, eyelids, mouth and fine movements of the arms. All these movements depict a barrister pleading with passion. On a wooden base. Restoration to the clothes. End of 19th c. H. 50 cm - L. 48 cm.
Est. 7000/10000 €


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N° 807. Bontems, a bush with singing birds and a clock, "Buisson d'oiseaux chanteurs avec pendule". Perched on a tree, two birds flutter from branch to branch. On top, another bird flaps its wings. On the ground, a fourth one drinks water. Mechanism needs revision. Blackened wooden base. H. 70 cm - W. 48 cm.
Est. 4000/6000 €


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N° 808. A fine animated musical picture, Moutain landscape with 3 mills, a boat and a procession of various characters (finely painted cardboard silhouettes), in a gilt and glazed frame (some accidents), covered at the rear with paper hiding the small 2 tunes movement. Good general working and playing condition. 19th c. 45 x 53 x 15 cm.
Est. 1000/1500 €


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N° 809. Two automaton scenes of a clockmaker at work, probably Austrian mid 19th c. Will be sold separately. The first one depicts in paper silhouettes a water mill with above a watch stand with a balance-cock movement. Clockwork mechanism, small accidents to restore, black wooden upholstery, the base richly decorated with gilt metal muses H. 25cm - width. 15cm. The second scene depicts a public garden, in paper silhouettes, with a small carrousel, swinging see-saw, a procession of characters. Brass mechanism with wooden pulleys and a small music movement. Black wooden case with gilt metal muses decoration. H 21cm - width 21cm
Est. 2000/3000 €


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N° 810. Roullet Decamps, "Coquette au miroir", (A smart lady in front of her mirror), a fine automaton with red-stamped Jumeau head, closed mouth, blue paperweight eyes, bisque hands. 3 movements : she looks herself two times in the mirror, then moves her head, then breathes two times in the bunch of flowers she holds in her right hand. Canted cornered base covered with red welvet, one tune musical movement. Height : 52 cm. Good original condition (with two wigs, one being original).
Est. 3500/4500 €

N° 811. Roullet-Decamps, "Le maître d'école et son élève", (The schoolmaster and his pupil). An automaton of a schoolmaster standing in front of its desk, and admonesting a pupil on its knees and bearing a dunce's cap. Movements of the two hands and the head of the master who, after reading the pupil's exercise, waves his stick. Movements of the dunce's cap and of the pupil's two hands. On a musical base. The master has a closed mouth Jumeau head, and the pupil a Gaultier head (crack). Formerly in the Jacques Courtois collection. Tot al height 48 cm.
Est. 6000/9000 €


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N° 812. Bontems, a fine singing bird cage, on a round gilt wooden base with decoration of dummy fluted columns. Movements of the bird : beak, head, tail. Fine singing, original condition, needs small adjustments. Height 63 cm.
Est. 2500/4000 €


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N° 813. A rare and very large automaton of a "Noir joueur de banjo", (A black man playing a banjo), probably French, ca 1910. Fine papier maché head and hands, modelled hair, movements of the eyes, mouth, head and right hand. Mechanism and musical movement inside the body, fine period clothes. Height : 1,25 m.
Est. 10000/15000 €


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N° 814. A large musical picture clock with angelus ringing, Large sculpted and gilt frame (wear) 92 x 112 cm. Modern naive painting (a church in countryside landscape). Good clock movements with hour and angelus striking on gongs (rectangular bedplates, pendulum lacking). Good 4 tunes musical movement, brass 20 cm cylinder playing on a fine comb (ca 106 teeth, a few pins bent). All these movements need cleaning, and date from ca 1850/60. Fine playing and sound.
Est. 1000/1800 €


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N° 815. A mantel clock with a dancing automaton. Traditional gilt metal end of 19th c. clock, baroque style, depicting a philospher. The base is curiously cut to house a small gilt metal ballerina (8 cm) wich moves : up and down, arms, legs. These 3 movements are linked with the small pull-cord musical movement housed in the blackened wooden base. W. 50 - H. 38cm. Good condition.
Est. 1500/2000 €

N° 816. Farkas, a fine automaton as a "Fumeur de narguilé", (a narguilé Turkish smoker), ca 1970, small musical movement attributed to Reuge ("marche turque").
Est. 1200/1800 €

N° 817. A religious 2 tunes musical picture, with tunesheet (Holy night). Damaged frame (65x47cm), otherwise good condition. A transfer decoration imitating "fixé sous verre" frames small statues of the Holy Virgin and children.
Est. 70/120 €

N° 818. An automaton of a black man with a tray, "Noir au plateau", papier maché and composition figure with a very fine smiling head, movements of the head thanks to a balance rod system. Fine period costume, small accident to the right foot. German beginning of the 20th c. ? Height 60 cm.
Est. 700/1000 €


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N° 819. Renou, an automaton of a bird trainer, "le Dresseur d'Oiseaux". Fine character with a smiling bisque head : he stands in front of a table and trains his bird. On the ground is the empty cage. Movements of his two arms, his head, and the bird. One tune musical movement, restored clothes. Height 48 cm.
Est. 1200/1800 €


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N° 820. A good model of the astronomical clock in Strasbourg. With animation, made ca 1960 at the 1/10 scale by an ingeneer, Christian Dupont. Many movements in the various dials, landscape, apostles, etc. and of course the famous cock on top of the clock. With a rare distance guiding system, from a large automaton figure (1,75 m) featuring the builder explaining its work. With a magnetic soundtrack system. Height of the clock 1,40m - Width. 0,83m - D. 0,31m.
Est. 6000/10000 €


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N° 821. An automaton of "the hen which lay golden eggs", "La poule aux oeufs d'or", in a futurist manner with radio guiding, electric motor and lighting, in wood and chromium plated metal. Made ca 1960 by an ingeneer, Christian Dupont. Height 0,90 m - Long. 0,95 m.
Est. 700/1000 €

N° 822. A model of a Far West train, in scale N, featuring a Western American landscape with station, village, mine, paddle-wheel boat. Six Jouef locomotives decorated with wood. It works, with lighting. Long. 1,54 x0, 46m. Made ca 1970 by an ingeneer, Christian Dupont.
Est. 400/600 €

N° 823. An automaton of a "Gourmand", of a man eating at a table and holding a beer mug. Musical base, bisque head, end of 19th c., 34 cm.
Est. 300/500 €

N° 824. Marcu, a fine automaton of a dandy smoker, "Incroyable fumeur", composition head, stamped Marcu, with 3 movements, head, right hand holding a quizzing glass, and left hand with a stick. Smoking mechanism. On a musical base. H 64 cm, ca 1960.
Est. 1200/1500 €


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N° 825. Farkas : a mandolin player, "Joueuse de mandoline", A fine seated automaton with bisque head, clothed in the 18th c. fashion. Movements of the head, the right arm and a foot, nice music attributed to Reuge : "Plaisir d'Amour...", H 36 cm, ca 1960.
Est. 900/1200 €

N° 826. Farkas, a fine automaton as a "Fumeur de narguilé", (a narguilé seated Turkish smoker), movements of the head and the right arm. Smoking mechanism. Musical movement attributed to Reuge ("marche turque"). Very fine condition.
Est. 1200/1800 €

N° 827. Decamps, a knitting woman, "La tricoteuse" , Jumeau head. Dismantled automaton, rusty, and part of the gilt bamboo chair.
Est. 500/1000 €

N° 828. An electrical automaton of a "femme 1900", German bisque head, cardboard body, style clothing, German made, 56 cm.
Est. 300/400 €

N° 829. An electrical automaton of a drunkard, helping himself with a drink. Height 76 cm.
Est. 250/350 €

N° 830. An electrical automaton of a rabbit playing a drum, height 56 cm.
Est. 250/350 €

N° 831. An electrical automaton of a painter, Height 60 cm.
Est. 250/350 €

N° 832. An electrical automaton of a small boy, playing hide and seek. Height 40 cm.
Est. 250/350 €

N° 833. An advertising electrical automaton, for "Solidor le tissé main de qualité", picturing two celluloïd girls (modelled hair with butterfly bow) dancing on a theater scene. Creation "D.V." H. 45cm - W. 47cm.
Est. 300/500 €

N° 834. An orchestra, Parts of a large Napoléon III (19th c.) automaton scene. 9 musicians, humoristic composition heads, good original condition, wooden base with parts of a cam shaft and wooden pulleys.
Est. 500/1000 €

N° 835. Parts of a musical automaton scene, with a ship, mills and towers. Black ovale base 40cm with a snuffbox type musical movement (blocked). As is.
Est. 200/300 €

N° 836. Ten stuffed birds, for use as singing birds.
Est. 100/150 €


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N° 839. A large 52 keys fair organ, on a covered trailer. This organ was made in the 1980's from old parts, and plays on the 45/52 Limonaire scale. Its style is near the Dutch street organs by the famous Carl Frei, but it can play other styles, such as the French repertoire. Two close axles trailer (with circulation papers in order), long. 4,20m (+ 1,05 for the coupling pole), width 2,10, Height 2,83m. Metal built and entirely closed. A rear door for service. The left side opens entirely (hydraulic system) to discover the front of the organ (total height then ca 4 m). Dimensions of the organ itself inside : width 290 cm, height 185 cm (+top, ca 90cm) depht 120cm. Very beautiful old front (Bursens ?), decorated, sculpted and painted (restorations). Electric blower (220V). Ca. 156 pipes : 3 ranks of stopped pipes and trombones for the 8 bass notes, 2 ranks of stopped pipes and cellos for the 11 accompaniment notes, and 2 ranks of stopped pipes and 3 ranks of violins for the 22 notes of melody and counter-melody. Drum, snare drum and cymbal. 3 automatic stops. Recent 52 keys keyframe (of which 2 keys unused). With more than 50 books of music (ca 30 old ones by Carl Frei, 20 modern ones by Paul Boyadjoglou, and one scale book). This organ has always been maintained in very good condition, and played regularly. Excellent condition of presentation and in working order. An ideal item for fairground or festive manifestations.
Est. 20000/23000 €

N° 840. A fine musical sewing necessaire, Beautiful burwood veneered rectangular case, with a handle. L. 16cm. A mirror inside the lid. A tray houses various mother of pearl decorated sewing implements, complete (rare, only a very small accident to a thread bearer). In the bottom of the box has been placed (later) a fine snuffbox type 2 tunes musical movement of the same period, completely restored (new commands). Cylinder 6,2cm, playing on teeth by groups of 5. Good playing and sound. Mid 19th c. The whole is in excellent condition. Such items were often sold in Paris in the Galeries du Palais-Royal.
Est. 2000/2500 €

N° 841. Symphonion, a 19,5 cm disc musical box, wooden case (wear) with transfer decoration (wear) on the lid. 18x27x21cm. Fine lithography inside the lid. Plays well, with 24 discs (some rust), housed in a blue folding type case. Ca 1900.
Est. 500/600 €

N° 842. A "Sublime Harmonie" 8 tunes musical box, Re-varnished case with decoration of boxwood stringing and inlay of flowers, 70cm. Lever wound, brass 41 cm cylinder playing on two combs. 8 tunes ("Va petit mousse...", etc.). Strong sound (some damper noises). Ca 1880. Possibly for the Russian market (cyrillic inscriptions on the commands).
Est. 1500/2000 €


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N° 843. Ch. Ullmann, "Multista n°2", a rare interchangeable musical box, Fine burwood varnished case with boxwood stringing decoration. A drawer in the base houses the 6 cylinders. 29x61x36cm. Lever wound, double spring barrel. Changing cylinders uses a rather complex system to block the barrel, thanks to a large endless screw. Zither. Nickel plated 21 cm and 4 tunes cylinders, with the titles of the tunes inscribed in a notch in the lenght of the cylinder. 77 teeth comb (4 replaced). End of 19th c. In excellent condition, it is a spectacular rarity, with good playing and sound. The actual maker of this system seems to have been Billon Haller in Geneva, Ullmann being only the retailer.
Est. 4000/6000 €


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N° 844. Ch. Ullmann, "Tremolo à Zither", a 12 tunes musical box. Fine varnished case with boxwood stringing decoration and an amusing inlay of water lilies, a frog and a dragon-fly. Gilt bronze handles. 18x64x24cm. Fine tunesheet. Lever wound, tune indicator, zither. Cyl. 33cm (two tunes per turn). Comb stamped "Qualité Excelsior". End of 19th c. Good and powerful sound, completely restored.
Est. 1800/2500 €


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N° 845. A large hidden bells 12 tunes musical box, Impressive varnished case with boxwood stringing decoration, gilt bronze handles. Lever wound, "fat" (diam. 8 cm) 53 cm brass cylinder playing on 2 combs and 10 bells striken by 17 hammers. Two tunes per turn. Completely and well restored (5 teeth and several tips changed). Plays well. Ca 1875.
Est. 2800/3800 €


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N° 846. Magic Organa Hohner, automatic accordion with percussions, The accordion, type of the 1930's, has been restored with period pieces. The percussions are new (drum, snare drum, cymbal). Modern electrical blower (220v). Excellent condition of presentation and playing. Only the plaques "Magic Organa" are missing. With 14 old paper rolls, 70 modern ones, and several scale-rolls, spools, etc.
Est. 6000/8000 €

N° 847. Bacigalupo, a rare reeds and 5 bells 31 keys portable barrel organ, Wooden case with decoration of boxwood stringing, medals and small columns for the upper gallery housing the 5 bells (bells missing). 53x55x32cm. Inscribed on the front "G. Bacigalupo, Schönhauser Allée 79 Berlin". 41 cm cylinder (circular wear). 7 tunes. This organ is said to have been formerly in the Bacigalupo family. Ca 1900. A fine instrument, apparently complete, but restoration needs to be completed.
Est. 3000/4000 €

N° 848. A "voix célestes" musical box, to restore, Canted corners box, 69 cm. On the front, a medal inscribed : "Guiton Frères, aux Enfants Sages, Paris". Lever wound, 33 cm brass cylinder playing on 18 reeds and 83 teeth (3 tips broken). Complete (excepted tunesheet and several inside box dividers). Bellows in rather good condition. Good sound, classical tunes. Ca 1875. After restoration, it should be a fine box.
Est. 800/1500 €

N° 849. Weil & Harburg, "Concertino Zither", a 6 tunes musical box, Case with boxwood stringing and inlay decoration (wear), handles, 57 cm. Two tunesheets with the same tunes, one in French, the other in German. Lever wound, 2 combs. 9 broken teeth (5 in the bass, and 4 in the treble). Many bent pins. Geneva, end of 19th c. Good sound, deserves a restoration.
Est. 400/600 €

N° 850. Mermod Frères, a small 3 tunes musical box, Burrwood 13 cm box with mother of pearl stringing and an escutcheon on lid (small crack to the inner lid glass). Fine tunesheet with musical putti, and inscribed "MF 1840". Brass 7 cm cylinder. Ca 1900 (Sainte-Croix, Suisse). Excellent condition.
Est. 350/450 €


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N° 851. A good 6 tunes keywound musical box, Simple 42 cm case (period, but not original) with Wurtel tunesheet (not corresponding to the movement). Very good movement mid 19th c. with brass 25,5 cm cylinder. No 4446 on the bedplate. One extreme bass tip broken. Very good playing, notation and sound (a few damper noises).
Est. 600/1000 €

N° 852. A 8 tunes cylinder musical box, Simple 54 cm case (restored). Lever wound, brass 33 cm cylinder. Good condition, but moderate sound and playing. Ca 1870.
Est. 700/1000 €


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N° 853. A fine 32 keys 3 stops "Ludophone" pipe organ on a cart, Very beautiful upholstery venneered and varnished, with gilt metal handles in shape of lion's heads, decoration of columns and inlay of flowers and foliage. Pipes in sight. Dimensions of the organ : 90x73x54cm. Works with a handle or a wheel. 3 stops at will : wooden stopped pipes (including large bass pipes under the case) ; metal flutes, and reeds in the front. With 18 books of music "Le Ludion" and a scale book. Recent make by "Le Ludion, Toulouse". On a cart (long. 1,50m) with old style wheels and a drawer for the books. Excellent condition of presentation and in good working order.
Est. 10/13.500 €

N° 854. A 12 tunes musical box to restore, Case decorated with inlay (accidents), 57 cm. Fine tunesheet. Lever wound, 33 cm brass cylinder, 2 broken teeth, some bent pins. End of 19th c. Governor missing.
Est. 150/250 €

N° 855. "Veuve Amelotti, Nice", large coin operated barrel piano, with retailer inscription "H. Servain à Nantes". Beautiful Art Nouveau style case, with glass frame (replacing a painting ?) and decoration of jigsawcut and painted wood (foliage, splits on one side). 179x143x65cm. Spring driven (handle lacking). Tunesheet of the 10 rather original tunes, suggesting a use in a brothel. Metal frame, crossbanded strings, a few splits in the table. Large 112 cm cylinder, alas very damaged (circular wear, important split in long) playing on 58 keys (52 piano, 4 tambourine and two triangles, one probably not original). A beautiful instrument, apparently complete, but needing - and deserving - an important restoration.
Est. 600/1000 €


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N° 856. "Capital", an American interchangeable "cuff" musical box , Varnished case 23x53x36cm. Inside, a chromolithograph of a pond with snow (see Bowers, p. 135). Winding with an external handle. Hidden coiled spring. Typical 14 cm "cuffs" (tapered hollow "cylinders"), playing on a 58 teeth comb through stars, as in a disc musical box. Good sound and working condition. With 8 "cuffs" housed in the forepart of the box. This instrument, entirely restored, is rare and interesting, and very looked after by collectors. It was produced in small numbers around 1897 (see Bowers, pp 134/141). This model is the middle size one, between the 44 and the 81 teeth models.
Est. 4500/7500 €

N° 857. A 6 tunes musical box, Fine case decorated with boxwood stringing and inlay of music attributes, 50 cm. 21cm nickel plated cylinder with tune indicator and zither. The 6th tune suffered a run, otherwise good condition. End of 19th c.
Est. 500/800 €

N° 858. A 12 tunes musical box, Case decorated with inlay, bronze handles. 68cm. Tune sheet. Lever wound, nickel plated barrel and 39 cm cylinder. 4 broken teeth. Zither, tune indicator. End of 19th c. In working order, but playing and sound moderate.
Est. 700/1100 €

N° 859. Polyphon, 20,5 cm disc musical box, Varnished case, 25 cm, (glued split in the lid). Lever wound, speed regulator. Ca 1900. Good condition, with 8 discs.
Est. 400/600 €

N° 860. A good 6 tunes "Mandoline" musical box, Burrwood veneered case with boxwood stringing decoration. 43cm. Fine tunesheet. Leverwound. Rather crude tune indicator and zither. Brass 21 cm cylinder playing on a fine 76 teeth comb (1 bass tooth broken). Curiously, the cylinder is noted for a treble tooth which never existed ... Ca 1875. Fine playing and sound, although strong damper noises.
Est. 900/1500 €

N° 861. L'Epée, a 6 tunes piccolo musical box, Typical L'Epée case, painted, boxwood stringing and transfer decoration (wear). 35cm. Lever wound, brass 12 cm cylinder. A few bass pins bent. Good condition and sound. End of 19th c. Needs cleaning.
Est. 400/600 €


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N° 862. "Symphonion Symplex", a 14,5 cm disc musical box, Black 19 cm case (hinge defective). The pressure rod needs adjusting. One broken tooth. Otherwise good condition. Ca 1900, with one disc.
Est. 250/350 €

N° 863. Polyphon, a 21 cm disc musical box, Varnished 25 cm case (splilt, a small accident). Nice transfer decoration inside. Lever wound, one comb, lacking governor. Ca 1900, with 2 discs (rust). Needs restoration.
Est. 150/250 €

N° 864. A small "American" 14 keys organette. Case 33x28x19cm. Handle. Plays on endless paper stripes (which run over and under the case). Ca 1900. (See similar one in Bowers p. 773 right). With 6 stripes (tear). It works, but needs restoration.
Est. 250/400 €

N° 865. A small 16 keys Ariston organette, Complete, but some wear. Black case 24 cm. Handle, but no disc.
Est. 200/300 €

N° 866. A small 2 tunes musical casket, covered with gold yellow fabric, and brass decorated. 19cm. Nice cushioned inside. Good music (tunesheet). Ca 1900, good condition.
Est. 150/250 €

N° 867. Thorens, a modern 3 tunes musical box, Fine inlaid box 23cm. Cyl. 11cm (Rossini, Mozart, Lehar). Excellent condition.
Est. 150/300 €

N° 868. Reuge, a modern 4 tunes musical box, Octogonal box as a jewel casket (music visible under a glass lid) 31cm. Fine inlay of music attributes on the lid. 9 cm cyl., 52 teeth. One of the tunes is an extract of "La bonne auberge du Cheval Blanc". Excellent condition.
Est. 350/450 €

N° 869. A musical cigar dispenser as a trunk, Black varnished wooden case, with brass banding imitating the corners and the straps. A few chips and splits. On the lid is an oval medalion depicting a crowned head. Good snuffbox type 2 tunes movement (non tune stop). Good general condition, end of 19th c.
Est. 250/350 €

N° 870. A 24 keys Organina Thibouville to restore, Seems complete. With 8 old books of music.
Est. 500/1000 €


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N° 871. "JJ Benoît à Mirecourt", a "merline" to restore, Fine case with light checker boxwood stringing decoration (small accidents). 17x33x23cm. Fine handle. Handwritten tunesheet mentioning 10 tunes for 2 cylinders (only one present). Metal pipes, 2 stops at will (one opened, one stopped). Maker's label on the cylinder ("Département des Vosges"). 1st half of 19th c. Complete, but needs restoration.
Est. 600/1000 €


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N° 872. Mira (Mermod), a large 47 cm disc table musical box, Fine varnished mahogany case on lion's legs. Stamped inside the lid "Empress, Concert Grand - Chicago" (retailer). 37x73x56cm. Winding with external handle. Two opposite combs, with 12 large teeth and 70 narrow teeth each (164 teeth in all). A zither lever acts on both combs. Ca 1900. Completely restored (a few details to complete, stopping bar of the lid, and the hidden inside support of the movement). Excellent sound. With 15 discs. Mermod disc boxes are usually of very good quality. The Stella discs are without projections, whereas Mira discs (here the large size) are with projections.
Est. 5000/8000 €


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N° 873. A table with a musical coin operated game of bicycle runners, The patent has been registered by Noma Sandoz à Genève in 1901. Glass covered wooden table with inside a game of 5 cyclists on concentric runs (incomplete mechanism). Good 8 tunes musical movement stamped "M F" for "Mermod Frères". Exterior handle winding, brass barrel with parachute, nickel plated 21 cm cylinder playing on 52 teeth. Tune indicator, modern tunesheet. The revised musical movement is in excellent condition. Table dimensions : 1mx0,65m , height 0,75m
Est. 2500/4000 €

N° 874. An Organina Thibouville 24 keys organette, L. 53cm. Seems in good condition and complete, but no sound (we did not dismantle it). Restoration to complete. With 8 books of music.
Est. 900/1500 €

N° 876. A coin operating mechanism for an orchestrion , in cast iron, in the shape of a pneumatic piano, repainted in chestnut colour, gold and black, with part of the mechanism. H. 25cm - W. 18cm.
Est. 150/300 €

N° 877. Two boxes of pegged planchettes for a Debain Antiphonel, (width. 10cm). Good condition.
Est. 15/30 €

N° 878. Celestina, 12 paper rolls, (condition moderate) in a wooden box.
Est. 20/30 €

N° 879. Kalliope, five 23 cm discs.
Est. 20/30 €

N° 880. "Duo-Art", ca 112 paper rolls, for a pneumatic piano, ca 2/3 in good condition , and 1/3 moderate or poor. The paper is usually good, although many boxes have suffered. Classical and "classical variétés".
Est. 500/800 €

N° 881. Ca fifty 88 notes standard paper rolls, for pneumatical pianos. Various conditions.
Est. 30/50 €

N° 882. Ca 10 cardboard books of music, some old, for Limonaire (23,5cm), Coelophone, Bébé Coelophone, etc... Various conditions.
Est. 20/50 €

N° 883. 31 perforated cardboard rolls, in yellow varnished strong cardboard, probably for piano Hupfeld type or Pianotist, width. 26cm
Est. 50/100 €

N° 884. Ariston, eleven cardboard discs.
Est. 20/30 €

N° 885. Polyphon, eleven 20,5 cm discs.
Est. 30/40 €

N° 886. Two distressed serinettes, without pipes nor handle nor maker's indications. One dates from the 2d half of 19th c with tune sheet. The other one is without lid, but with a very finely pinned cylinder, with a "blank" of 1/6th of a turn, and probably ca 1800 and would deserve a reconstitution.
Est. 100/250 €

N° 887. A cardboard case of various pieces, mainly of organette (a few reeds). As is.
Est. 10/15 €

N° 888. A serinette to restore, Seems complete with tunesheet and handle. Pipes need reshaping. End of 19th c.
Est. 300/450 €

N° 889. In an organ cylinder box, some elements for barrel organs. As is.
Est. 10/20 €

N° 890. Two empty musical box cases, Width 33 et 30cm.
Est. 30/50 €

N° 890bis. Two empty musical box cases, Width 52 et 38 cm.
Est. 30/50 €

N° 891. Two large incomplete musical box movements, and a tile (accident to a corner) for a musical tile depicting the château de Pierrefonds.
Est. 40/80 €

N° 892. A case for a musical clock picture, with a label and a clock movement, as is.
Est. 30/50 €

N° 893. A TLCA CTS4p German electronic tuner, in its wooden box, with rechargeable batteries and 220 V charger. Professional make, instructions in German. Ca 1994, excellent apparent conditon, but without guarantee.
Est. 50/100 €

N° 894. A good clockmaker's face lathe (burin fixe), on a mahogany base, stamped on the lathe "C. Paillard 1886" Excellent condition. L 47cm.
Est. 1000/1500 €

N° 897. Coco Fransac. 3 oil paintings on the theme of "clowns", by this French contemporary artist.


Est. ? €

N° 898. The clown "Patara", 35x27cm.
Est. 150/200 €

N° 899. A circus scene with a clown "le salut au public" 46x55cm.
Est. 150/300 €

N° 900. The clown Canasta and his dog Zig. 27x21cm. With an engraving on the same subject.
Est. 150/300 €


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N° 901. A sculpted Art Deco style organ front, complete with a central part, two side parts, and a top with lightning. Total height 2,38 m - Width 2,85 m, good condition.
Est. 1200/1800 €

N° 902. A fairground skill game, with escutcheon shaped rings. Haut. 60cm
Est. 70/100 €


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N° 903. Limonaire : a fine jumping horse, in sculpted wood, repainted in white, black and red, with an ormulu decoration element, side mane, glass eyes. H 1,30 m - width 1,20 m.
Est. 1200/1800 €


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N° 904. A rare carrousel mast and top, repainted wood, with decoration of zodiacal animals. Fine central hammered brass mast, good original condition. Height 2,20 m - Diam. 1,15 m.
Est. 1500/2500 €


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N° 905. An icecream seller cart, repainted wood, with 3 containers and copper covers. Wooden spoke wheels, copper coiled columns, good used condition. Height. 2 m - Long. 1,55 m - width. 1 m.
Est. 1500/2000 €


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N° 906. A fine fairground target, in cut and painted metal, depicting a hunter attacked by an eagle. The mechanism seems complete. Height. 1 m - Width. 70 cm, presented on a metal stand.
Est. 1200/1800 €


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N° 907. A rare carrousel fish, in wood sculpted and painted in red underlined with grey, glass eyes. Long. 95cm.
Est. 1200/1500 €

N° 908. Mathieu Père, a rare carrousel girafe, in wood sculpted and repainted in various colours, glass eyes. H 1 m 25, good condition.
Est. 1200/1800 €


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N° 909. Harley Davidson, a rare and fine carrousel motorbike, by Lenaerts à Bruxelles, in sheet-iron painted in red, cream and chromium plated with rubber tires, possible lighting, good condition. L 1 m 50.
Est. 1200/1800 €


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N° 910. A rare American fairground rifle, by the Auto électrique B. Target C°. Coin operated system, large cast iron stand housing the mechanism and an electrical system with a battery, an electrical bell and a lighted board. With a "Chassepot 1866/74" rifle. H. 1,40m - W. 1,30m. Ca 1920/1930 ?
Est. 900/1500 €


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N° 911. Four panels for a carroussel top, in wood and painted sheet iron, depicting a seaside landscape, Three seeming older than the fourth one. H 1 m 15, W 1 m 90. May be sold separately.
Est. 1500/2000 €


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N° 912. Three ceiling paintings for a carrousel, in a trapezoidal shape, L 2 m 60, width 75 et 1 m 70 - Two with paintings in 1900 style with putti, the third one probably painted after the 2d WW, with a lady after Marylin Monroe. May be sold separately.
Est. 600/800 €

N° 913. Forepart of a carrousel gondola, in sculpted wood with white and green foliage, and mirrors (parts lacking), signed "F.B.". The inside painted with flowers. Long. 2m.
Est. 300/400 €

N° 914. Four panels for a fairground attraction, in trapezoidal shape, naive paintings of sportive events. Height 1,25m.
Est. 150/300 €

N° 915. Four panels with "casse-tête" paintings on the theme of marriage.
Est. 200/300 €


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N° 916. Four carnival large heads, in painted papier mâché : Filochard ; a humoristic character ; a cow ; a tiger. May be sold separately..
Est. La pièce : 150 €


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N° 917. A coin operated skill game, A marble is driven thanks to a wheel. Repainted wooden case. Movement with a sway beam and a wheel. English make, ca 1930, Height. 95 cm - Depht. 50 cm - Width. 70 cm.
Est. 460/760 €


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N° 918. Esmeralda, a rare and fine fairground electrical automaton, for future reading. A woman showing playing cards. Coin operated, electrical mechanism. Height 1,45 m, with a base painted with bunches of flowers. (Height. 55 cm), Total height 1,95 m - Width. 80 cm - Depht. 75 cm.
Est. 1500/2500 €


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N° 919. A fine puppet for a ventriloquist, featuring a lad, carton bouilli head with animation of the mouth and the eyes, cardboard body with wooden articulations. Fine period clothing (ca 1930-40), Good period condition, pulling ropes to adjust. Long. ca 1 m.
Est. 800/1200 €

N° 920. A coin operated football game, with two painted cast iron players. Played through an external handle, seems complete. Ca 1930. In a glassed wooden case. L. 72cm - w. 32cm - H. 43cm
Est. 400/600 €

N° 921. A coin operated French table Billard, seems complete, ca 1930.
Est. 200/300 €

N° 922. A lottery. "La Réserve Nationale", n°4 - N° 1 à 14.897, système Ch. Casanova à Neuilly. A fine brass lottery on a wooden base, ca 1900. 40cm.
Est. 450/750 €

N° 923. Bonzini. Baby foot game for a pub, coin operated, tradional model.
Est. 200/300 €

N° 924. J.C. Cox, a rare mahogany and brass coin dispenser, with mechanical system for a gambling room. 2d half of 20th c.
Est. 300/500 €

N° 925. A Gottlieb's flipper head, "Jack in the Box" , with clown scenery.
Est. 120/180 €

N° 926. A table folding Baby foot, wooden players.
Est. 100/150 €

N° 927. Gubaro, a sheeet iron Billard, lithography with the names of European capitals.
Est. 120/180 €


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N° 928. A sweet dispenser as a Clown, Ca 1970. Molded plastic with strong colors, made by Falgas à Figueres, working with 5 F coins, partly electrified. H. 180 cm.
Est. 500/700 €


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N° 929. A rare scopitone coin operated film viewer, "ancêtre des clips vidéos". To be put in public places to view movies of French and foreign songs. Works with two 1 franc coins. 36 different selections. In good working order, needs the usual small adjustments. Ca 1970.
Est. 2500/4000 €

N° 930. "Le phonographe expliqué à tout le monde" Bibliothèque à 1 Fr. by Pierre Giffard. Fine binding 1878.
Est. 120/150 €

N° 931. Eugène H. Weiss "Phonographe et musique mécanique", Hachette 1930.
Est. 50/80 €

N° 931bis. Four rare postcards, about phonographs, two picturing the exit of the Pathé workers in Chatou.
Est. 250/350 €

N° 932. "Cendrillon" [Cinderella] Album livre Pathé with three discs, color stories Procédé SASA. Autorisation W.D.C.
Est. 80/120 €

N° 936. A fine portable phonographe, in leather case with reproducing head "le Zora".
Est. 150/300 €

N° 939. A Pixie Phono, by Gama. Fine child phonograph in lithographed sheet iron with decoration of animals playing music. Good condition in its original box.
Est. 200/300 €

N° 940. A Phonograph toy in painted sheet-iron, imitating wood, drum shaped, with a reproducing head "Unic Paris"
Est. 100/150 €

N° 941. Mignophone. A portable phonograph, in a leather case, with reproducing head.
Est. 150/300 €

N° 942. "Le coquet", phonographe "Je chante haut et clair" , for wax cylinder. Sewing machine style case, green lacquered bedplate, small model, nickel plated horn in the shape of a hunting horn with two heads.
Est. 400/600 €

N° 943. Phonographe : "La voix de son Maître" Oak case with needle head. Fine wooden amplifier.
Est. 500/800 €

N° 944. "Le concert automatique français" : A fine coin operated phonograph, with a walnut piece of furniture, called "juke box". Fine horn, and original saphir reproducing head. with a disc and Pathé catalogue. H. 200 cm. Good condition.
Est. 1500/1800 €

N° 944bis. A curious coin operated phonograph, in a waxed wooden piece of furniture, door with a 1900 stained glass, and a plaque inscribed : "Ch. Sondinger Paris"
Est. 400/600 €

N° 945. "Musica", A reversible phonograph for complete wax cylinder, with nickel plated horn.
Est. 183/274 €

N° 946. A phonograph with horn Fine sculpted walnut case, needle reproducing head, fine flower horn painted in blue with golden filets.
Est. 300/400 €

N° 947. Peter Pan, a travel phono, for discs, chestnut covered, complete.
Est. 250/350 €

N° 948. Nirona. A fine German phonograph, red coloured and round shaped, muschroom shaped, horn.
Est. 350/500 €

N° 949. A small portable phonograph, in a paper and leather covered casse, with one disc NIC.
Est. 150/300 €

N° 950. A Pathé oak phonograph, lid opening as a shutter, cardboard Diffusor horn .
Est. 120/180 €

N° 951. Pathé, Phonographe Diffusor waxed wood case, lid opening as a shutter with cardboard horn Diffusor en carton (blocked mechanism)
Est. 100/150 €

N° 952. Phonograph, lyra shaped bedplate, for cylinder. Flower shaped horn yellow and red (used condition : rust, and damaged motor), with one reproducing head and two cylinders (as is).
Est. 200/300 €

N° 953. A painted steel iron Pathé phonograph, Imitating wood in Louis XV style, incorporated loudspeaker with two opening doors, head for Pathé saphir. Mécanism with starter and speed adjustment.
Est. 150/200 €

N° 954. Opéra. A walnut Phonograph, with included loudspeaker with grid, needle reproducing head.
Est. 60/100 €

N° 955. Phonographe Pathé, for was cylinder, two formats, sewing machine shaped case, large aluminium horn (used condition).
Est. 100/150 €

N° 956. Peter Pan, A travel phono, for discs. Black covered, (incomplete, turntable and arm lacking, mediocre condition).
Est. 100/150 €

N° 957. Mignophone : Portable phono, for discs in the shape of a case (incomplete).
Est. 80/120 €

N° 958. Two bedplates for cylinder phonos (incompletes)
Est. 80/120 €

N° 959. Remnants of three phonographs for children, in sheet iron.
Est. 30/50 €

N° 960. Laryphon. Portable phono for discs. Wooden case (incomplete).
Est. 80/120 €

N° 961. Phono disc with incorporated loudspeaker
Est. 15/25 €

N° 962. Seven boxes of needles.
Est. 30/50 €


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