France - Chartres - Galerie de Chartres
Important auction of Automatas
Mechanical music instruments
Sunday December 7th, 2003, beginning at 14
h 30 (2.30 pm).
In the "Galerie de Chartres", 300 yards from
About 240 lots :
Many fine automatas by Bontems, Decamps, Lambert ("Pierrot singing
for the Moon", "A conjuror"), Renou, Roullet-Decamps, Théroude,
Cylinder and disc musical boxes, good snuffboxes, musical picture-clocks,
and many musical novelties
Portable organs (a good Thibouville-Lamy with 5 stops and percussions),
an Orchestrelle Aeolian Model O, organettes, mechanical accordions, etc.
Many phonographs and records, and fairground artifacts
Good and various documentation (in English, German and French), about
mechanical music and fairground art
Me Jean-Pierre Lelièvre - Pascal Maiche - Alain Paris
IMPORTANT : The auction will take place as usual in the old
300 yards from the cathedral, 7, rue Collin d'Harleville, 28000-Chartres.
(Facing the large Post office).
(Same phone and fax numbers as the office, as stated below)
- VIEWING : Friday December 5th : 15 to 17 h and 20 h30 to 22
Saturday December 6th : 9 to 10h30 (then auction
Sunday December 7th : 10 to 12 h
- ADMINISTRATION, ENQUIRIES AND CATALOGUES
The new offices are in Le Coudray, 2 km south-east from the center
of the city
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
Mechanical music consultant for this auction :
M. Philippe Rouillé, (expert CNES),
Tel./Fax* +33 (0)1 42 36 10 25
* Do not dial the first (0) if you are outside France.
IMPORTANT NOTICES :
Estimates are given in Euros.
The price mentionned in the estimates is the price expected at the
hammer, in Euros. For the buyer, add a total premium of 15 % (taxes included)
on the hammer price.
Next auction : May 2004. Entries till end of March 2004.
If you are interested in Magic or Conjuror's artifacts and
books, there is a large specialized auction (and a special catalogue
in French) on Sunday December 7th, with more than one hundred lots. Expert
: M. Hjalmar. The auction will start at 12 h (noon) till the beginning
of the auction of automatas and mechanical music at 14 h 30 (2.30 pm).
If you are interested in dolls, there is a large specialized auction
(and a special catalogue in French) on Saturday December 6th, with several
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.
A reference is sometimes made to the Q. D. "Bowers" Encyclopaedia of
Automatic Musical instruments (Vestal Press, USA, 1972 and many subsequent
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 cathedrals 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 a printed catalog (only in French), just
write or fax to the above mentionned address, or send an e-mail to :
This catalogue is also visible at the following web address :
(and so will be the results after the auction)
Nº 851 L'Age d'or des automates, by Chr. Bailly.
Ars Mundi 1991. Exc. condition.
Nº 852 Two books on automatas, by Jean Prasteau (1968) and Jean
Nº 853 Les automates, by J. Bédel (1987) ; Les jouets
(expo. in Burgundy, 1987) ; Revue Coppélia, No 4.
Nº 854 Four books on automatas and mechanical music :
"les automates" Hachette 1959 - Prasteau "les automates" Gründ 1968
- Weiss et Stauffacher "automates et instruments de la musiques mécaniques"
1976 - Bédel, "les automates" 1987.
Nº 855 Chapuis et Droz, les Automates.
1 vol hard-bound
and numbered, Neuchâtel 1949. Exc. condition. A well known "must".
Nº 856 Revue "Coppélia" Nos 2, and 4 to 10.
Nº 857 Roullet Decamps (?) a bulldog and a monkey,
and fine mechanical toy, depicting a monkey standing on a dog. The dog
moves forward (on brass cogged wheels) and rotates its head. End of the
XIXth c. (usual restorations). L 25cm - H. 30cm.
Nº 858 Germany. A fine manivelle and musical automaton
two seated children following the rythm with jingle bells. Open mouth bisque
heads, clothing in fine condition. Beginning of the XXth c. 26cmx16cm.
Nº 859 Théroude. "la chasse au faucon" (Hawking)
mechanical toy on three wheels, depicting a Chinese with composition head.
The mechanism is stamped "Theroude Paris" (rare) H. 24cm.
Nº 860 "La Ballerine" (A female dancer)
3d quarter of the
XIXth c. This fine automaton, with pivoting head and Gaultier shoulders,
and fine original silk clothing, rotates on an axis. Independant musical
movement. H. 39 cm.
Nº 861 Roullet-Decamps : "Bébé sortant du choux"
(A baby emerging from a cabbage)
A fine musical mechanical toy : the
child, while rotating, emerges from the cabbage, and sends kisses. Rare
model with Petitcollin celluloid head and hands. 28cm.
Nº 862 Lambert. "Bébé fleur" (a child as a flower)
rare automaton clothed as a flower. It looks through a lorgnette he is
holding, and waves a fan with its other hand. Closed mouth taille 1 Jumeau
head stamped in red, blue paperweight eyes, bisque shoulders and hands.
On a musical red velvet base bearing the plaque of the shop "Enfants du
Passage de l'Opéra". In fine original condition. End of the
XIXth c. Height 47cm.
Nº 863 Lambert. "Bébé Cage" (a baby with a bird
in a cage)
featuring a young woman, with closed mouth Jumeau head,
blue paperweight eyes, rich original clothing (usual wear). Two movements
of the head, movements of the right hand which shows the cage and the bird.
On a musical red base. Key stamped LB. End of the XIXth c. Height 50cm.
Nº 864 Lambert. "Pierrot donnant une aubade à la lune"
(Pierrot singing for the moon)
A fine and famous automaton, n°4
of the Maison Lambert catalogue (cf. Chr. Bailly, "The Golden Age of Automata",
page 338), which depicts it so : "Playing a mandoline, showing its tongue
while lowering its head, The moon moves its eye and its mouth". Fine original
and good working condition. End of the XIXth - beginning of the XXth
c. (some usual restorations).
Nº 866 Lambert. "L'Escamoteur" (The conjuror)
automaton depicting a conjuror standing behind a table. No 33 bis in the
Maison Lambert catalogue (cf. Ch. Bailly "The Golden Age of Automata",
page 347), He rises eight times his tumblers, discovering various artifacts.
Fine composition head with two movements : up and down and side to side,
and movements of his mouth and eyebrows. On a two tunes musical base. Fine
original condition (small adjustments needed for the movements). Origin
: Muller collection in Pau. Reproduced in the book "Automatas" by Alfred
Chapuis, page 263.
Nº 867 Bontems. An earthware flower pot with a singing bird
"Bontems" on the cast iron bedplate. The bird moves its head, beak and
tail. It works but the singing needs adjustment. Fine decoration on the
earthware, with lion-head shaped handles with brass rings. (Flowers not
original). H 50cm.
Nº 868 Decamps (?) "Le buveur" (A drinker),
A fine electrical
automaton depicting a seated peasant helping himself to a drink. Mechanism
in fine original condition, with 6 cams, and a circulation system for the
liquid drink. Perfect original condition, but we did not try the motor
due to the used condition of the electrical wires. Fine composition head
with movements of the eyes, the eyebrows and the mouth. H. 1m06.
Nº 869 Renou. "La fillette qui a cassé son polichinelle"
(A girl who broke her Pulcinello)
A charming automaton with three movements,
fine Gaultier closed mouth head, blue paperweight eyes. The girl shows
her broken Pulcinello, she lowers her head and wipes her eyes with a handkerchief
she holds in her right hand. Fine condition, on a musical base (mechanism
blocked). H. 42 cm. Under a glass dome.
Nº 870 Lambert. "Chinoise verseuse" (A Chinese girl serving
She holds a tea-tray and serves tea. A fine automaton with a rare
Asian type bisque head, painted wooden hands, fine clothing (partly old),
wig. It is a variation of N°39 of the maison Lambert catalogue,
reproduced in Chr. Bailly "The Golden Age of Automata". On a red base with
two Chinese tunes, and original label, with a key stamped "L B". End of
the XIXth. c. Fine condition (motor a little noisy). Height 60cm.
Nº 871 Decamps. A smoking seated monkey.
A fine automaton
covered with fur, movement of the right arm, the jaws and the eyes. On
a gilt wooden base. Total height 45cm.
Nº 872 "Pendule au bateau" (A clock with a ship)
bronze clock, gilt in gold and black, beginning of the XIXth c., with a
decoration of shells, fruits and dolphins. On the top is featured a bronze
harbour, with a paper sea on which travels a three masted boat (sea and
boat recent). Clockwork with silk suspension pendulum. On the bedplate
of the motor moving the boat is stamped "Solon-Crevier et Pidaine Ainé
à Dieppe". On a rosewood base decorated with foliage inlay, housing
a small pull-wound snuffbox type musical movement. Height of the clock
48 cm. Lenght of the base 52 cm.
Nº 873 Lambert "Noir buveur de chocolat", (A black boy drinking
A fine character, typical full bisque head, open-closed
smiling mouth, chestnut paperweight eyes, bisque hands (accident to one
finger). Four movements. Fine attitude with original clothing (some wear).
On a musical base with a label "Magasin des Enfants, Passage de l'Opéra".
Original key. H. 69 cm.
Nº 874 Vichy. "La Bergère" (The shepherdess)
woman, seated on a tree-trunk, plays the guitar. Shoulders and head attributed
to Gaultier, bisque hands (accident to two fingers), two movements of the
head and of each arm, partly original clothing, animals not original. With
music. End of the XIXth c. H. 38 cm.
Nº 875 Lambert. "Bébé Niche" (A baby with a dog
An automaton featuring a baby who holds and opens a kennel
from which appears a small dog which turns its head and salutes. Bisque
Jumeau head stamped in red, taille 4, closed mouth, chestnut paperweight
eyes, partly original clothing. On a velvet covered two tunes musical base.
End of the XIXth c. Height 46cm (ref. 35 in the Maison Lambert catalogue,
see "The Golden Age of Automata" par Chr. Bailly, page 347).
Nº 876 Lambert. "Bébé ombrelle" (A baby with
The parasol closes while a butterfly enters a sweep net.
The automaton with closed mouth bisque Jumeau head, stamped in red "Tête
Jumeau 4", chestnut paperweight eyes, 2 tunes musical movement, bisque
hands (restored), original shoes, underwear and parasol. Old style dress.
End of the XIXth c. Height 48cm.
Nº 877 G. Decamps : A cat performing ironing
A fine electrical
automaton ca 1935-40, 110 volts (with transformer), bears the plate of
the maison Decamps. H : 39 cm.
Nº 878 Farkas : "La joueuse de harpe" (A female harp player)
fine automaton with bisque head depicting a woman clothed in the XVIIIth
c. fashion playing a harp. Music : "Plaisir d'amour". Mid XXth c.
Nº 879 Farkas : "Mozart" An automaton featuring a pianist,
head, with music, normal wear to the clothes. Mid XXth c. Height 32 cm.
Nº 879B Jaf. An advertising electrical automaton.
a standing boy who showed panels. Mechanism with 6 cams, a blowing (?)
device (electrical, motor missing). Affixed with a brass plate "Jaf. Publicité
animée". Height of the character : 42cm - Base : L. 60 - W. 40 -
H. 20cm. Incomplete, needs restoration. (The period catalogs show this
Nº 880 An advertising automaton for the Hachette Idéale
Electrical automaton created by "Quatre Vents",
110-220 volts , featuring a child in its bed reading a book from the collection
"Idéale Bibliothèque". In a carrying case with the labels
of the Hachette publishing house. (We did not test the working condition).
H. 62 cm.
Nº 881 Loterie Nationale
An electrical advertising automaton
featuring a standing woman in front of a lottery wheel. Created by Mauger,
ca 1950. H 49x48cm.
Nº 882 An electrical automaton featuring a "pianist"
fabrication. Height 69cm. Mid XXth c.
Nº 883 A motor and mechanism for a singing bird cage
bellows need rebuilding).
Nº 884 Two clockwork motors :
One for an automaton (in working
condition), the other stamped "Reuge-Music" (broken spring).
Nº 885 A body for an automaton
of a standing character,
with bedplate and five pulls. H. 40cm
Nº 886 A Roullet Decamps motor with key
for a walking animal.
Nº 887 A large motor in brass and steel
for a large automaton,
or a mechanical music or phonograph device (in working order).
Nº 890 Catalogue of the museum in Speyer (1996, in German) ;
de Barbarie en Europe (Castelmoron-sur-Lot, 1991) ; Musique en boîte,
boîtes à malices (Ludion, Toulouse 1987) ; auction catalogue
for musique mécanique et automates à la Villette (Paris,
26 mars 1994).
Nº 891 Le grand livre des Montres, by Ph. Rouillé (Solar,
1991). Out of print.
Nº 892 "Slot machines" and "Juke Boxes", two books in English
Dieter Lading (London, 1994).
Nº 893 La fête foraine autrefois, by Py and Ferenczi,
bound in cardboard casing (La Manufacture, 1987).
Nº 894 Catalogue "en gros" Hornst Holzweissig Leipzig 1898,
reprint. 440 p. full of descriptions and photos of mechanical music instruments
Nº 895 Two books : Musical Boxes, by D. Tallis (GB, 1971) ;
Les faiseurs de musique, by Piguet (Sainte-Croix, 1996).
Nº 896 Plans for amateurs to build a Thibouville 24 keys organette
for its members by the French association AAIMM).
Nº 897 Plans for amateurs to build a Seraphone organette
for its members by the French association AAIMM).
Nº 898 "Put another nickel in", by Bowers (248 p, Vestal Press,
Rather rare and looked after, this book was the precursor of
his famous Encyclopaedia. And a pamphlet : "The Regina Exhibit" (MBSI
1989, 8 pages).
Nº 899 Au temps des boîtes à musique, by Bonhôte
with a small 33 rpm record inside.
Nº 900 La Tonotechnie ou l'art de noter les cylindres, by Engramelle,
(Reprint Hermann 1993) ; Revue Métiers d'Art, A special
issue (in French) on "Les Arts Mécaniques" (1993).
Nº 901 Les instruments de musique mécanique, by A. Buchner,
Gründ 1992. Out of print.
Nº 902 Two books about Player pianos :
Player piano, by
A. Ord-Hume (GB, 1970) and Player Piano Treasury, by H. Roehl (Vestal 1973).
Nº 903 A catalogue of the Musée National des Techniques
et Métiers in Paris), section "Automates et mécanismes à
Nº 904 Mechanical music auction or exhibition catalogues
catalogues by the Galerie d'Horlogerie ancienne (Genève) ; Expo
Bagatelle (Paris) 1980 ; Expo Prague in the Arts et Métiers in Paris
1966 ; Expo Decamps (Paris, ca 1976).
Nº 905 Two catalogues of the museums of Technique and mechanical
music in Sinsheim and Speyer.
In German. As new.
Nº 906 Ten 33 rpm records of mechanical organ.
the "Limonaire 1900" (cithare de bronze 1968), which belonged to M. Renard
and then to R. Bovy.
Nº 907 An advertising toy van
for the US Fratti company
which sold mechanical music instruments.
Nº 908 A modern musical gondola
as a jewels casket.
Nº 909 A large Japanese laquered jewel casket
compartments, a mirror, a drawer. In the middle dances a female dancer
when the music plays. Ca 1950.
Nº 910 A musical photo album
Green cover, defective clasp,
otherwise good condition. Small playing movement. Ca 1900.
Nº 911 A fine 6 tunes musical photo album
type movement (two per turn). Very good condition.
Nº 912 A musical tile
4 tunes, tunesheet. Foliage decoration.
Beginning of the XXe c.
Nº 913 "Le Bal des Alpins",
Front page of the Petit journal
24 oct 1897, and a musical photo album (without movement) fine condition.
Nº 914 A portable organ player, a fine framed and coloured print
by Tournon. 42x31 cm.
Nº 915 "Oh you wicked Dragon", a rare "scène de genre"
with a serinette. Fine colour print (small moist traces) picturing
a soldier playing a serinette (bird organ) to influence a young ironing
girl in an attic. Title in 3 languages (Main title : "Scélérat
de Dragon", also in German : "Beneidenswerther Dragoner"), from "L'humanité
comique". "Linder pinx.". In a gilt frame 56x64 cm. XIXe c.
Nº 916 "Le joueur d'orgue de Barbarie" (The street organ player)
"danseuse au tambourin" (a female dancer with a tambourine). A pair of
polychrome bisque German characters. H. 21cm.
Nº 917 A small ballerina
with bisque head and shoulders,
wooden limbs, for a musical box. 10cm
Nº 918 A round manivelle musical box,
metal case, chromolithographed
(wear). Diam. 8 cm. Ca 1900. Plays well.
Nº 919 A small round musical box
in chromium-plated metal,
with transfer decoration of children.
Nº 920 A small manivelle wooden rectangular musical box,
manivelle and chromo on the lid, and tunesheet of the 2 tunes. 11 cm. Ca
1900. Good condition.
Nº 921 A curious small Hohner harmonica "Trumpet call"
sound is increased thanks to 5 horns. In its case (18 cm).
Nº 922 Germany. A rare manivelle musical box
with 12 wooden
character on top, which dance through the vibrations of the device. Good
condition. End of the XIXth c.
Nº 923 A dancing doll on a musical box
and head, flexible body, wooden limbs, one tune musical movement playing
"Le Grand Mogol". H. 26 cm.
Nº 924 A rare musical musical stool
Swiss made, in sculpted
wood with inlay depicting edelweiss and chamois. A small musical movement
plays when the lid is pressed on.
Nº 925 A musical cigar dispenser as a trunk,
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 (no tune stop). Good general
condition, end of 19th c.
Nº 926 A rare and very curious "movie" projector with built-in
organette, by Paya (Spain)
Chestnut-lacquered case with transfer label
"Ciné Rai patentado". Lenght. 33, height. 26, width. 15 cm.
Electrical projector lamp. 15 notes organette, with tracker bar on the
fore left side of the case. The paper roll is perforated on the upper
part with music, and is printed on the lower part with double images. By
turning the handle, the roll plays the music and shows the images, alternatively
up and down to give the illusion of movement ... With ten 13 cm rolls (amidst
them "Indians", "The elfs and the Monsters", etc.). Ca 1920. Good general
Nº 927 A fine baroque style miniature grand piano
in the Vernis Martin style, with music, as a jewel casket. On an ormulu
base. L. 30 cm. H. 15,5 cm.
Nº 928 A musical mahoganny base with glass dome
a small two tunes snuffbox type musical movement, pull winding. It
seems complete but needs cleaning.
Nº 929 A small 2 tunes musical box
Wooden case, dark varnish
(some wear). Good snuffbox type musical movement, piccolo effect. End of
Nº 930 A fine 2 tunes musical snuffbox, teeth by groups of
Tortoise-shell case with copper escutcheon, lenght 90 mm. (Small
repair to the rear and right side, bottom needs refixing, Geneva stop missing).
Ca 1840. Very fine sound and notation.
Nº 931 A rare 2 tunes metal snuffbox by Alibert
decoration on the lid of the "Chapelle de Guillaume Tell". Case 90 mm,
with two mother of pearl commands on the front. Stamped F. Alibert
on the bedplate. Very good condition of presentation and playing. Mid XIXe
Nº 932 A fine small 3 tunes musical box, by Wurtel
case with brass stringing and escutcheon. 13 cm. Handwritten tunesheet
(2d tune suffered a run), otherwise good sound and condition. End of XIXe
Nº 933 A rare 2 tunes burrwood musical snuffbox
90 mm, with tortoise-shell inside of the lid. (Bottom of the box and Geneva
stop lacking). Two mother of pearl commands on the front. Mid XIXe c. Very
fine sound and notation.
Nº 934 A rare wooden musical flower holder
floral decoration and bronze imitation. Height 26 cm. 6 tunes movement
(alas lacking) according to the tunesheet (some tear). The presence of
gears let suppose the movement made the whole thing rotate. Ca 1900.
Nº 935 A musical tile
floral art nouveau decoration. 6 tunes
with tunesheet. Exc. condition, beginning of the XXth c.
Nº 936 A rare and fine "perroquette" needing restoration.
case (small parts missing) painted with imitation of spotted wood and stringing.
On the lid, in a round medallion, marine scene in the style of Vernet.
On the front, in an ornemented medallion, a painted dove. Fine handwritten
tunesheet of the 12 tunes of the 3 original cylinders (missing), and of
the 10 tunes of the present cylinder (perhaps a little later), with the
label of J. Noël à Mirecourt. 15 keys, 3 stops. All the pipes
and the handle are missing. Very end of the XVIIIth or beginining of the
XIXth c. This instrument is worth a fine restoration.
Nº 937 A 24 keys Phoenix organette
Black case with transfer
decoration of flowers. 24,5 x 49 x 37 cm. Label "Phoenix 34" under the
case. Seems complete and in good condition, but needs revision. Ca 1900
(For details, consult the books by Bowers and Mc Elhone). Sold with nine
30 cm annular metal discs by Ariosa, which seem rather pertaining to a
similar 18 keys organette.
Nº 938 Symphonion, a 27 cm disc musical box
Case with fine
transfer decoration on the lid (small wear) and inside. Dimension (square)
: 35 cm. Winding lever on the front. Two combs diametrally oppposed, 42
teeth each. End of XIXth c. With 14 discs. In very good condition.
Nº 939 A 8 tunes musical box with 6 bells in view striken by
Fine veneered case with boxwood stringing and inlay decoration.
59 cm. Fine tunesheet and program with a pleasant variety of tunes (walz,
polka, a Spanish Duetto, and even ... an American Tango !). Leverwound,
tune indicator, bells at will, cast iron bedplate, nickel plated 27 cm
cylinder. Good presentation and in working order, good sound. End of XIXth
Nº 940 A large 6 tunes musical box with "voix célestes",
case (many accidents and lacks), with on the front a metal medallion "Aux
Enfants Sages. Guiton Fabt. Paris". 70x32x25 cm. Beautiful movement, lever-wound,
brass cylinder 33cm, 18 reeds on the left, and 83 teeth on the right (2
broken). Good sound, the set of reeds needs attention. Various small
lacks (levers, Maltese cross, cabinet work), but the essential is there
and deserves a beautiful restoration.
Nº 941 A rare and good Thibouville-Lamy parlour cylinder organ,
with 5 stops and percussions.
Fine veneered case (small parts missing)
with spotted wood inside. Height : 117 cm. Width : 82, Depht 55 cm. Fine
handwritten and colored tune sheet "Thibouville Lamy" (some wear) for the
7 tunes, at the inside of the front panel. The 1889 edition of the Thibouville
catalogue, p. 53, describes this piece : "Modèle 691. Orgue meuble
palissandre, 40 touches (keys), 5 jeux (stops) dont 2 de basses, flûtes,
flageolets, hautbois, tambour roulant et triangle, registres sur le devant
(stops inside, on the front) ... prix net 630 Francs ... Dans l'orgue 40
touches, les effets du hautbois et du flageolet sont fort jolis. Le son,
un peu plus fort que (dans les autres modèles), est cependant très
harmonieux". (rather strong but nevertheless harmonious sound). Fine handle
S shaped. 57,5 cm cylinder. Some small restorations (rear fabric, bellows
?). Ca 1890, a very interesting instrument. At the moment, it plays
very badly, but it seems complete and deserves a very good restoration.
Nº 942 A fine musical clock picture.
Frame (regilt) 85x101
cm. Naïve (restored) painting of a country scenery (64x80 cm) signed
AB Desfontaine fils : characters, a church with a clock, thatched houses,
a brook, hills ... Clockwork movments for the clock (striking) and
Angelus. Good 21 cm cyl. musical movement playing 6 rather rare tunes.
Tune sheet "Musique de Genève", but seems by the French maker L'Epée
who used this type of tunesheet. Fine playing and sound (excepted the 5th
tune : many pins missing). In very good condition. Ca 1860.
Nº 943 A Magic Organa Hohner accordion,
pale green colored,
39x45x25 cm. In good condition, apparently original, complete and playing,
but revision needed (some reeds play continuously). With its case (faded)
containing the foot operated bellows (needs attention), and 7 paper rolls
(some wear). An interesting item. Ca 1920/30.
Nº 944 Limonaire : a rare small mechanical piano with 3 cylinders.
case painted in slightly tainted white (painting seems original) with foliage
and musical attributes decoration ; small black columns at the base.
Limonaire trade mark plaque on the front, and label inside. Height : 109,
width 93, depht 52 cm. Handwritten tunesheet of the 10 tunes of each cylinder
(Les Lanciers, La Belle Hélène, Orphée aux Enfers
: quadrilles, valses, polkas, mazurkas, scottisch). 41 keys of which 15
with mandoline effect, 1 bell to signal the end of the tune. Plays with
a handle. Wooden frame (light splits), some small restorations (felt, bottom
fabric). Out of tune. Good general condition. End of the XIXth c.
Nº 945 Brémond, a fine 8 tunes musical box
case on black pediment, with burrwood and boxwood stringing decoration.
61 cm. Lever wound. Cyl. 33 cm. Completely restored (2 replaced teeth).
Tune indicator, ca 1875. Exc. condition.
Nº 946 A rare and fine "Primitive" cylinder musical box movement,
teeth by groups of two
in an ovale mahoganny clock base, lenght 54
cm, on 4 round feet. 3 external levers. Keywound. "Narrow" diameter 24
cm cylinder (diam. 31 mm) playing four tunes on 90 teeth (45x2). 3 broken
teeth. Fine sound and notation. Ca 1815-1820.
Nº 947 An Orchestrelle Aeolian Model O
A fine piece of
furniture in clear wood. Height 153, width 168, depht 66 cm. Foot and vacuum
operated. 2 pedals, knee-levers, 14 stops. In good condition, but needs
dusting and revision. Beginning of the XXth c. The Model O, rather rare,
was the basic model of the Orchestrelle line, as showed in the original
catalogue (rare) wich is sold with this instrument. With more than 110
rolls, most of them in good condition, and two vacuum hand-pumps to clean
the tracker bar. This instrument belonged to the organist Gustave Ogier,
a pupil and a friend of the famous organist Marcel Dupré.
Nº 948 A musical tile
floral decoration. 2 tunes. Exc. condition,
beginning of the XXth c.
Nº 949 A fine musical tile, depicting a cock.
2 tunes. Exc.
condition, beginning of the XXth c.
Nº 950 Symphonion, a 30 cm disc musical box
case in pressed wood, 50x40 cm (repairs to the rear feet). (See Bowers
p 220). Two 42 teeth each combs diametrally opposed. Handle wound. End
of the XIXth c. The stop system needs attention, otherwise in good working
condition and presentation. With 25 discs in good condition (some rust).
Nº 951 An Ariston organette in its original carrying box,
19 discs. In working order, but needs a revision.
Nº 952 A modern 27 keys portable organ by A. Roulive
case. Width. 58, depht 40, height 77 cm. Handle operated. The whole unit
supporting all the clear wooden stopped pipes may be taken out of the organ
to be replaced for ex. by another (not provided here) unit of pipes (for
ex. tuned in another tonality). With 5 music books by P. Charial. Excellent
condition and sound.
Nº 953 A rare and beautiful XVIIIe century serinette, by Welters
Walnut case with discrete moulding plane around the lid and
the base. High. 15 cm, Width 26,5 cm, Depht 19,5 cm. At the
interior, on the left side, handwritten inscription " vandu (sic) on April
16, 1778 ". Handwritten tunesheet (difficult to read) of the 8 airs
(1. Le Cri du rouge ... 5. La Bûcheronne ... 6. Vaudeville
... 7. L'on dit que ...), and at side labels printed (not very readable):
"WELTERS, Maître Luthier, fait et vend toutes sortes de Serinettes
et autres instruments ... à Paris". Apparently complete (excepted
the spill valve), fine crank with wooden handle, cylinder (no mark) of
18 cm, finely noted (pins of different size, as described by Engramelle
in La Tonotechnie, 1778). 10 metal open pipes (some bumps).
In good original condition, but needing restoration.
Nº 954 A French cylinder parlour organ with 4 stops.
fine piece of furniture with columns on the side (the lid twisted, some
splits in the mahoganny veneer). 113 x 72 x 46 cm. Fine handle shaped as
an inverted C. Tune sheet for 5 cylinders (55 cm long. Only one present
: No 3, with 5 waltzes and 5 romances). 4 stops of metal pipes, partly
open, partly stopped. 2 wooden bass pipes under. Extensively restored,
many adjustments need completion. External metal fixtures to change tunes
need reworking. XIXe c.
Nº 955 An automatic Tanzbar accordion
Width when folded
: 38 cm. A hand pushed lever activates the perforated paper roll. Exc.
condition, with 6 rolls. 1st third of the XXe c.
Nº 956 A 42 keys cylinder barrel organ with reeds.
rebuilt and restored with its good old 48 cm cylinder. Black varnished
case 57x63x30 cm. 6 tunes (amidst them Offenbach). Good sound and rich
and elaborate playing.
Nº 958 Mermod, a 12 tunes musical box
Oak box, 66 cm. 34
cm nickel plated movement and cylinder, typical of Mermod : external winding
handle, parachute, etc. In very good condition. End of the XIXe c.
Nº 959 A large musical picture clock.
Fine sculpted and
waxed wooden frame 108x127 cm. Naïve painting (small accidents)
80x99 cm, beginning of the XXth c. 8 tunes (not original) musical movement
with tune sheet, 21 cm nickeled cylinder. Zither. Two broken teeth, but
good playing and sound.
Nº 960 A musical box with a 12 tunes movement by Soualle.
box with inlay on the lid. 58 cm. The movement placed in this box is stamped
Adre Soualle on the comb. 33 cm cylinder, 16 broken teeth or tips, bent
pins, governor lacking. Alexandre Soualle made good musical box movements
in Villetaneuse near Paris from 1855 to 1861.
Nº 961 An 8 tunes cylinder musical box by Heller
cm, medium condition (revarnished lid). Fine tunesheet. Lever wound. Cyl.
21 cm. Good sound, plays medium (4 broken teeth, some pins bent, 1 tune
suffered a run). End of XIXe c.
Nº 962 A musical alarm clock
Metal case height 18 cm. Medium
condition, but musical movement complete. Ca 1900.
Nº 963 A musical alarm clock
Wooden case height 40 cm. Complete,
but medium condition. 2 tunes with tunesheet. Ca 1900.
Nº 964 A rare and fine musical tile
Wooden sculpted sides,
fine tile depicting a sea scene. 2 tunes with handwritten tunesheet. Exc.
condition, ca 1900.
Nº 965 A Symphonion 14,5 cm disc musical box
box 20 cm. Fine printed scene under the lid. Good condition of presentation
and playing, excepted one broken tooth. Ca 1900.
Nº 966 A musical picture clock
(painted canvas and frame
lacking). H. 73 cm, Width 89 cm. The movements for the clock (striking
hours) and angelus are incomplete and oxydized. Rather good 6 tunes musical
box movement, cyl. 27 cm, oxydized, but playing. XIXe c. Completion and
restoration needed for the whole.
Nº 967 A 4 tunes musical box,
Simple case with boxwood stringing
decoration (some wear). Lever wound. 11 cm long brass cylinder. The internal
left wooden separation and the stop device lacking, otherwise in good condition.
End of the XIXth c.
Nº 968 A small wooden musical box, snuffbox type movement, with
tunesheet. Ca 1900. Good condition.
Nº 969 A Reuge musical box, in an onyx case
1 tune. end
of XXe c. Good general condition.
Nº 970 A fine unusually large musical photo album
cover. 2 tunes on one turn movement. Ca 1900. Good condition.
Nº 971 A musical alarm clock
Wooden case with top, height.
44 cm. Good condition, excepted the musical movement (several treble teeth
broken). Ca 1900.
Nº 972 An 8 tunes cylinder musical box movement
27,5 brass cylinder. Good condition, but out of tune. Two broken teeth
(extreme treble and extreme bass). End of the XIXe c. In a period empty
box, 52 cm.
Nº 973 A Thorens 4 tunes musical box
9 cm cyl. 1950's. Good
condition of presentation and playing.
Nº 974 A good musical photo album
with gilt embossed cover.
2 tunes on one turn movement. Ca 1900. Good condition.
Nº 975 A good musical photo album
Blue cover. 2 tunes on
one turn movement. Ca 1900. Good condition.
Nº 976 A fine harmonium, by Alexandre à Paris
simple case, beautifully veneered with columns on both sides, Height 100,
Width 120 Depht 65 cm. (splits on the side). About 10 stops, rather good
condition, but needs restoration. End of the XIXth c.
Nº 977 Melody Player, a 16 keys organette toy
case with transfer decoration, 19 cm. Rather good condition, but
the mechanism needs revision. With five paper rolls (medium condition).
Mid XXth c.
Nº 978 A wooden musical alarm clock,
with sculpted front
in the Henri IId style. H. 42cm.
Nº 979 A Symphonion Simplex 14,5 cm disc musical box
black case, 19 cm. Rather good condition, but the starting mechanism needs
attention. 1 broken tooth. With 2 discs, ca 1900.
Nº 980 A musical alarm clock
Wooden case. Height 27 cm (top
lacking). Rather good condition. Ca 1900.
Nº 981 Ca fifty 88 notes rolls for a pneumatic piano. Various
Nº 982 Ca forty seven 88 notes rolls for a pneumatic piano,
classical and metrostyle, in fine condition. With one Aeolian Grand roll.
Nº 983 Two to three hundred 65- and 88-note rolls for pneumatic
pianos. Various conditions.
Nº 984 Two pinned cylinders for a chamber organ. Pinned length
: 54 cm. Good condition.
Nº 985 About 20 books of various music scores and methods
harmonium, organ), most of them in mediocre condition.
Nº 986 A lot of spare parts : two small modern musical box movements
and a mechanism for a jumping animal, as is.
Nº 987 Thirty-two small musical Swiss movements, each with an
adaptator to activate an automaton movement.
Nº 988 A lot of small musical movements
old and recent,
various conditions. Ca 15 complete movements, and various parts (cylinders).
Nº 989 Twenty small musical Swiss movements, each with an adaptator
to activate an automaton movement.
Nº 990 Thirty-six small musical Swiss movements, each with an
adaptator to activate an automaton movement.
Nº 991 Fifteen perforated books of music for an organ ?
could not determine for which model.
Nº 992 Gasparini
Ten large books of music.
Nº 993 A large cylinder for a mechanical piano.
cm, diam. 36 cm. In good condition.
Nº 994 Fairground art
Nº 995 A pair of characters for a carrousel organ,
wood, probably from Northern Europe. A man and a woman in XVIIIth style
clothing, with finely carved hair and costumes. The wood has retained its
original lacquered painting. In good condition, but needs cleaning. They
hold in their hands an ormulu bell that they strike with a hammer hold
in their other hands. H. 63 cm.
Nº 996 A Conductor for a fairground carrousel,
and painted as an officer from the XVIIIth c. probably from Northern Europe.
Fine original condition, small accidents to its hat. H. 63 cm.
Nº 997 A fine fairground panel for an organ or a carrousel,
"rocaille" style carved decoration, framing 13 mirror bottomed panels (3
mirrors missing), painted in cream colour with polychrome flowers in the
center, and in pastel green on the borders. H. 1m42 - L. 92 cm.
Nº 998 Two oil lamps with reflectors,
on mirrored bottoms
(coming from a fairground carrousel).
Nº 999 "Mickey à ski", by Camille Soccorsi
carrousel character, in sculpted wood, repainted in the fairgroud manner.
Ca 1950. H 85cm - W. 71cm
Nº 1000 Attributed to Devos : "Mickey à la sucette" (A
seated Mickey with a piece of sweet)
repainted in the fairground manner,
H 57cm, (similar to the piece in the Carrousel des Batignolles reproduced
in the book "Manèges d'autrefois" page 116 by Zew Gourarier). This
character was seated at the rear of a cart.
Nº 1001 An Italian sportscar, 1970,
yellow H 50 Width 150
cm, from the Campion collection.
Nº 1002 Moto-Chopper 1970, mauve,
H. 110 cm Width 140 cm
from the Campion collection.
Nº 1003 An important set of nine polychrome wooden ninepins,
: 49cm, and two balls.
Nº 1004 A fine and large facade for a Punch and Judy show,
sculpted and painted wood, ca 1930. L. 1,60m
Nº 1005 A large carnival head of a man with moustaches. 90 cm.
Following at 17 h30 (5.30 pm) : more than 75 lots of phonographs, records,
Please see the French version of the catalog.
End of this auction : ca 18h30 (6:30 p.m).
Results will be published on the same web site : http://www.mmdigest.com/Auctions/
Magic or Conjuror's artifacts and books : large specialized auction
on Sunday Dec. 7th at noon, ask for the special catalogue.
Dolls : large specialized auction on Saturday December 6th,
ask for the special catalogue.
Our next specialized auction of mechanical music, dolls, automata,
etc., will take place in May 2004.
Last entries for the catalogue : end of March 2004.
24 November 2003