Mechanical Music Digest  Gallery
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info
MMD > Gallery > Auctions > Chartres0412 > 0412En_im

Spring Fundraising Drive In Progress. Please visit our home page to see this and other announcements:     Thank you. --Jody

Chartres 5 Dec 2004  
Mechanical Music Digest(tm)Auctions
Home Library Calendar Gallery Store Links Info
MMD>Gallery>Auctions>Chartres Auction, 5 Dec 2004

France - Chartres - Galerie de Chartres

Important auction
of Automatas and Mechanical music instruments
Sunday December 5th 2004, beginning at 13 h 30 (1.30 pm).
In the "Galerie de Chartres", 300 yards from the Cathedral.

7391.jpg (22 kb)

About 300 lots :

Many fine automatas by Lambert, Roullet-Decamps, JAF,
Vichy (Pierrot écrivain, Pierrot and the Moon), etc.
Good cylinder (a mandoline 4 tunes Lecoultre, a "boîte de gare")
and disc musical boxes
 musical picture-clocks and many musical novelties
Several organs (a rare Gavioli Meloton), barrel pianos (some Spanish)
Many organettes (a 36 keys Ariston)
More than 100 lots of phonographs and records
Good and various documentation (in English, German and French)
and many poscards (French, English, rare Russian cards)
about mechanical music, automatas and phonographs

The auction will take place as usual in the old gothic "Chapel",
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)

Friday December 3d : 15 to 17 h and 20 h30 to 22 h
   Saturday December 4th :  9 to 10h30 (then auction of dolls)
Sunday December 5th :  10 to 12 h

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.


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 specialized auction : May 2005. Entries till end of March 2005.

If you are interested in dolls, there is a large specialized auction (and a special catalogue in French) on Saturday December 4th, with several hundred lots.

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 following book :
- 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 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 :
(as the previous auctions since 1998, and the results after this auction)


At 1.30 pm :
Documentation - Postcards

Nº 601: A large gigsaw puzzle featuring a barrel organ scene Colored, glued on a support and framed (81x107 cm), depicting an organ player with children. Modern.
Est. 50/100 €

Nº 602: Two books Au temps des boîtes à musique (Bonhôte, Ed. Mondo) - Les automates by Eliane Maingot.
Est. 40/80 €

Nº 603: Catalogue of the 1954 exhibition of "Horloges et Automates du Musée des Arts et Métiers (CNAM, Paris)". Softbound 16x21 cm, with 21 pl. black and white. Good condition, some wear to the binding.
Est. 30/50 €

Nº 604: "Les instruments de musique mécanique" in French, by A. Buchner, 240 p with illustrations (Grund Paris 1992). A classical book.
Est. 40/60 €

Nº 605: "L'orgue de Barbarie" in French, by H. Zeraschi. Hard bound, 252 p with illustr., Payot 1980. A very good book.
Est. 30/60 €

Nº 606: Catalogue Lipsiamusikwaren 1913 338 p. Musical instruments, amidst them phonos, musical boxes, Tanzbar, orchestrions, etc.
Est. 60/100 €

Nº 607: Catalogue Meinel and Herold (Klingenthal) 100 pages on Musical instruments (harmonicas, accordéons), of which 23 on mechanical music (organettes, disc musical boxes, etc.). ca 1900.
Est. 30/50 €

Nº 608: Chapuis, Histoire de la Boîte à musique (Neuchâtel, 1955). In French, softbound, good condition.
Est. 150/300 €

Nº 609: Seven 33 rpm records and five audio K7 on mechanical music.
Est. 30/50 €

Nº 610: "Le couple Montrouge" by Gill (La Lune 1868) and an illustration by Barie (?) XIXth c.
Est. 50/80 €

Nº 611: Four illustrations on Barrel organs (one of London, by G. Doré), from old journals (1862 à 1904).
Est. 40/60 €

Nº 612: A very beautiful caricature of Bérat French chansonnier (1801/1855) author of "Ma Normandie", by Benjamin (Miroir drôlatique). XIXth. c.
Est. 40/70 €

Nº 613: Two illustrations from old journals (Daumier, Gavarni) XIXth c.
Est. 30/50 €

Nº 614: L'Eclipse (Gill, 1870) and another illustration (1856).
Est. 30/50 €

Nº 615: Seven illustrated excerpts from old journals on Barrel organs (amidst them Daumier, an extract from "Tableau de Paris", etc... ). XIXth c.
Est. 50/100 €

Nº 616: Seven illustrations from old journals on Barrel organs (XIXth c).
Est. 40/70 €

Nº 617: "Orgue à construire" (Imagerie d'Epinal) and an old print of musical instruments (end of the XIXth c.)
Est. 20/40 €

Nº 618: "Le manège enchanté du Père Pivoine" (1965), an old print (1911) and eight photos from books on mechanical music.
Est. 30/50 €

Nº 619: Three songs "petit format" on barrel organ and music box (1940's : Lucienne Delyle, Léo Noël, etc.).
Est. 30/50 €

Nº 620: Illustrations, "soleil du dimanche" (1891) and an illustration by Sem.
Est. 30/60 €

Nº 621: "Grand orgue à manivelle" Two "imageries d'Epinal de la série des moyennes constructions".
Est. 30/50 €

Nº 622: Three English colored illustrations from journals end of XIXth beginning XXth c., on the theme of the street organ.
Est. 100/150 €

Nº 623: A wooden musical alarm clock 2 tunes, rather good music, clockwork needing a revision. Height. 28 cm.
Est. 70/100 €

Nº 624: A wooden musical alarm clock 2 airs, complete, needs cleaning and revision. Height. 30 cm.
Est. 70/100 €

Nº 625: A wooden musical alarm clock 2 tunes, to restore. Height. 27 cm.
Est. 50/80 €

Nº 626: A musical tile Fine, depicting a young woman near a source. Two tunes, good condition.
Est. 100/150 €

Nº 627: "Présentoir pour photos époque Napoléon III" with two tunes musical movement, qualité Excelsior, plushed cover used.
Est. 100/150 €

Nº 628: A fine musical cigar box in embossed leather (decoration of sailing ships). 30 cm. Small mouvement Lador. Good condition.
Est. 40/80 €

Nº 629: Four "objets fantaisie à musique" A small old rectangular box, a musical cork, a miniature spinning wheel and a casket.
Est. 30/60 €

Nº 630: Two "objets fantaisie modernes à musique" A couple of dancers under glass dome, creation for Reuge and a female dancer in a bottle.
Est. 200/300 €

Nº 631: Eight "objets fantaisie modernes à musique" (gondolas, caskets, chalet, etc.).
Est. 60/100 €

Nº 632: Two musical jewel caskets, one by Reuge.
Est. 30/40 €

Nº 633: A female dancer in a bottle.
Est. 30/40 €

Nº 634: Two musical gondolas.
Est. 20/30 €

Nº 635: Four "objets divers à musique".
Est. 30/40 €

Nº 636: Two "objets fantaisie moderne" A bottle and a horse carrousel (battery operated).
Est. 50/80 €

Nº 637: A small musical jewel casket Blackened wood with brass stringing. Good small movement. End of the XIXth c.
Est. 60/100 €

Nº 638: A musical tile in "faïence de Longwy", (medium condition).
Est. 100/150 €

Nº 639: A rare serie of 10 postcards with a young barrel organ player showing in the "Moritat" manner various cities or characters.
Est. 70/100 €

Nº 640: Seven old postcards and 2 modern ones one of which is the "joueur d'orgue avec enfant, by Picasso".
Est. 50/80 €

Nº 641: Two rare greeting cards in Hebrew and two other old postcards.
Est. 40/80 €

Nº 642: A very rare humoristique card depicting a child playing an Ariston organette.
Est. 40/60 €

Nº 643: A very rare card of the Brusseler Manneken Pis with a monkey imitating him. Both water copiously a barrel organ ... and 3 other old cards.
Est. 40/80 €

Nº 644: Twelve fine cards with barrel organs and children, some for greetings and/or with variants. One is an advertizing Czech story for a soap ("Troji Prani").
Est. 60/120 €

Nº 645: Twenty fine old photo-type cards depicting children with barrel organs (several variants).
Est. 120/200 €

Nº 646: Five plates with chromos and vignettes about barrel organs, with variants.
Est. 60/100 €

Nº 647: Two plates of vignettes in which are depicted in several episodes two battle scenes between barrel organ, guitar and flute !
Est. 40/80 €

Nº 648: Three plates of joyous groups of children, for the new year. 15 old cards with variants. Barrel organs.
Est. 100/200 €

Nº 649: A very rare and superb card of a mechanical piano in Garnet (Eure et Loir). Maison Dubarry, Le bal. Ca 1900, black and white, good condition.
Est. 100/200 €

Nº 650: A feast in Hampstead Heath Four fine old cards photo-type. Ambiance.
Est. 50/80 €

Nº 651: Three amusing plates of cards greetings with children and barrel organs, one of which a snow man (12 cards, variantes).
Est. 80/120 €

Nº 652: A very rare and beautiful German card of a Jewish street musician with her child and a large organette, in winter ("Jüdische Hof-Musikanten"). Black and white, good condition.
Est. 80/120 €

Nº 653: A fine typical Russian card 4 other old cards, and 8 modern ones.
Est. 60/100 €

Nº 654: A fine typical Russian card in two variants (black and White, and coloured) and 6 other cards.
Est. 70/100 €

Nº 655: A rare and very interesting card (Lituanian ?) photo-type, with a travelling band with an Odessa organ.
Est. 50/80 €

Nº 656: A fine typical Russian card with an Harmonipan barrel organ (and a modern variant) ; and another Russian card reproducing ... "le Savoyard et sa marmotte", a picture by Watteau (1684-1721), and another old card.
Est. 70/100 €

Nº 657: Jean d'Esparbes (1898-1960) An oil painting depicting "la leçon de musique à la poupée", signed at the bottom of the painting, with title written on the back. 35x27 cm.
Est. 600/1000  €

Instruments of mechanical music

Nº 659: A miniature "Limonaire" organ as a modern 20 notes musical box, with handle and perforated or to be perforated strips. Good condition. With label "Le Ludion".
Est. 200/250 €

Nº 660: A small musical box lacquered in the art déco style. 14 cm. End of XXth c.
Est. 20/30 €

Nº 661: A small manivelle 2 tunes musical box Rectangular box 10 cm, remnants of tune sheet and transfer decoration of a farm. Good sound.
Est. 40/70 €

Nº 662: A round manivelle musical box with oriental type transfer decoration, good sound.
Est. 80/120 €

Nº 663: A nice Lador musical box Burrwood case. Long. 12,5 cm, cylinder 6,3 cm. Two Christmas carols. In very good condition.
Est. 150/200 €

Nº 664: A small snuffbox type 2 tunes musical box Burrwood with escutcheon, playing "Libiamo" from Traviata. Ca 12 cm. Cyl. 6 cm. Recased, with old tunesheet for 4 airs). End of XIXth c. Good condition.
Est. 120/180 €

Nº 665: A nice 6 airs musical box burrwood, large snuffbox type (21 cm). Key winding under the case, cyl. 11 cm, good condition, but playing needs attention. End of XIXth c.
Est. 250/400 €

Nº 666: A 4 tunes musical box Simple case, 35 cm. Lever wound, Cyl. 15 cm. End of XIXth c. Good condition, but 4 teeth need rectification and tuning.
Est. 400/500 €

Nº 667: A curious small 16 keys organette Good operating condition. Restored, ca 1900. With a lot of cardboard strips (width 72 mm, bad condition).
Est. 300/450 €

Nº 668: Two old musical items A small manivelle rectangulaire box; a XIXth c metal snuffbox (good transfer of a village scene), in need of restoration (bent pins).
Est. 80/150 €

Nº 669: A 3 tunes musical tile Good music, with tunesheet.
Est. 100/150 €

Nº 670: Three musical bottles shaped as banjo or guitars. Good condition, one cork missing (mid XXth c).
Est. 30/60 €

Nº 671: A 3 tunes musical tile, with tunesheet and servant bell. Flowers and butterflies decoration. Good music. Needs some cleaning. Ca 1900.
Est. 80/120 €

Nº 672: A musical tile with geometrical chestnut deocration, 2 tunes "musique Le Favori" needs revision.
Est. 100/150 €

Nº 673: An 8 tunes cylinder musical box Simple case, end of XIXth c, 49 cm. Colored tunesheet (some tear) marked "LM Paris". Cyl. Brass 21 cm. 9 teeth and 5 broken tips, many bent pins. Needs restoration.
Est. 150/300 €

Nº 674: Two musical photo albums One covered in red velvet, the other in green. They operate but medium condition.
Est. 80/120 €

Nº 675: A musical cigar dispenser, in natural wood.
Est. 1000/1500 €

Nº 676: A musical china coockies plate and a Napoléon III cigar dispenser (small parts missing). Blocked movements. Ca 1900.
Est. 50/80 €

Nº 677: A nice serinette Walnut case 28 cm (small accidents). C shaped handle. 8 tunes with handwritten tunesheet (En passant par la Syrie, Bataille de Solférino, etc.). 10 metal pipes. 3d quarter of the XIXth c. Bellows restored, but need further attention, otherwise good general condition.
Est. 500/800 €

Nº 678 : A very fine "boîte à musique de gare" (for a train station) with 3 dancing dolls, 6 bells and a drum Glazed case with coin operation. 70x70x41 cm. Winding of the double spring barrel through a handle. Tunesheet of the 8 tunes, tune indicator, parachute, nickel plated 12 pouces (33 cm) cylinder. Fine sound. Only one broken tip, needs some dust cleaning and adjusting of the coin operation and the tune stop. Swiss, end of the XIXth c. Rare in this very good original condition.
Est. 6/9.00 €

Nº 679 : A Perroquette as a small parlour barrel organ Walnut case with feet, front with half columns on each side (small accidents). 47x42x34 cm. Indication "??? et Fric Clément à Mirecourt" on the only present 28 cm, 10 tunes cylinder. Tunesheet for 3 cylindres, difficult to read and reglued. 3 stops of 11 keys (complete but many battered metal pipes). XIXth c . A curious instrument, restoration needs to be completed.
Est. 400/80 €

Nº 680: A good musical clock picture In a gilt frame 82x99 cm. Country scenery with church, house, cows, etc. Clockwork movement (square bedplate, unverified) with hour striking and Angelus on gongs. Repainted dial, minute hand missing. With a very good 2 tunes snuffbox type musical movement, with old handwritten tunesheet (barely lisible) "F. Villemsena à Paris" and "... fiancée", "quadrille". End of XIXth c. Beautiful sound, good condition, complete (excepted pendulum).
Est. 1800/2500  €

Nº 681: A 26 keys organette to restore, with a book fragment.
Est. 300/500 €

Nº 682 : A rare 17 keys organette Dark lacquered case 26x38x30 cm. Handle. Only one cardboard book (width 17,5 cm). Ca 1900, unknown maker. Good apparent condition, but needs revision (bad driving of the book).
Est. 300/50 €

Nº 683 : A fine vertical 48,5 cm disc Symphonion musical box Sculpted wooden case height 117 cm (+ top 38 cm). Width. 80 cm Depht. 45 cm. Coin operated. Two diametrically opposite combs with 53 teeth each. Germany, end of the XIXth c. With 20 discs. In very good condition, works well with a fine sound.
Est. 5/7.00 €

Nº 684 : A good 4 tunes musical movement by Mermod 17 cm Nickel plated cylinder with parachute and tune indicator. Winding through a handle. 32 cm long bedplate. Stop and tune changing needs adjustment. Good sound. Ca 1900. In a modern 41 cm case.
Est. 600/90 €

Nº 685 : A rare and very fine Gavioli Meloton 48 keys portable reed organ. Wooden case with brass stringing, and a woodcut facade to allow the sound to escape. (Split to the lid). Height. 64 cm, width. 81, depht 38 cm. Several inscriptions, on the front : "Meloton Gavioli et Cie, Rue de Citeaux, 3, Paris" with the mention "Réparé par A. Gasparini, Rue de la Vega Paris, 17 et 19", and on the lid : "Jles (?) Thomas père et fils, Paris". One cylinder is lightly stamped in red : Gasparini, 2, av. de Taillebourg. Tunesheet inside the lid, and on each cylinder (with a Gasparini mention). 47 keys for the notes and 1 key probably for the expression. With four 8 tunes cylinders (very small splits at the end) long. 62 cm diam 26 cm, in their boxes (one simple, one double), 3 "à crans" and one "en hélice". Programm : Offenbach, Verdi, etc. but especially many pieces signed "A. Gavioli". (Probably Anselme (1828-1902) : members of the Gavioli family were good musicians). Very good general condition, but bellows (not seen because it would have needed dismantling) need attention. A rare instrument for collectors, in good original condition (end of the XIXth c.) : the "repairs" by Gasparini do not seem later than the 1900's.
Est. 5/8.00 €

Nº 686 : An excellent 4 tunes keywound Lecoultre cylinder box Simple case (51x22x14cm) with stringing decoration and a small inlay of musical instruments on the lid (two very small wooden side parts of the lid and inner inside glass missing). Gamme 3792, No 22178 on handwritten tunesheet and under the box. BBC LF on the comb. Keywound, 3 commands protected by sidelid. Tune sheet "mandoline", mandoline effect (teeth by 7). 33 cm cylinder. Piccolo effect on the 2d tune. Plays : "La Norma Ah belle Ame - Das Lebenen Tanz Walzer - Oh mon Fernand, de la Favorite - Mon arrêt descend, de la Favorite". Ca 1850/60. Damper noises. Very beautiful notation and sound.
Est. 2000/3000 €

Nº 687: A fine 20 keys cylinder barrel organ, by Max Andreas. Maker in Darwig bei Erfurt (Allemagne). Simple case 53x30 cm. Height 56 cm. On an old style cart (4 iron wheels), long. 80 cm. 8 tunes tunesheet (Valses, Polkas, Marches). Cyl. 38 cm. 20 keys. Two sets of wooden pipes : one on the front (partly open, partly stopped) and another set with stopped pipes under the case. Beginning of the XXth c ? Small restorations. Good general condition and playing (needs small tuning). A fine old style organ !
Est. 3000/5000 €

Nº 688: A beautiful picture clock Gilt frame 80x102 cm, landscape with a lake, mountains and characters (small accident to the canvas). Square clockwork bedplate (unverified movement) with pendulum, hour striking and Angelus. Complete and in good general condition.
Est. 1200/1800 €

Nº 689 : A fine rare and large musical "cuckoo" clock, with a remarquable case sculpted with foliage, animals and a hunting horn (a few elements need refixing). Height 90 cm, width 50 cm. Weight driven clockwork with chiming on gongs (weights missing). Through two doors in the front appear either a bird (restorations ?) or a painted seated character. Two pipes, and (rare) a 45 teeth 4 tunes 9 cm cyl. musical movement. A few restorations (pipes), otherwise complete and in good general condition. Needs cleaning and adjusting. Probably Black Forest production, end of the XIXth c.
Est. 1000/150 €

Nº 690: A fine small Spanish barrel piano On a cart, by Vicente Linares in Barcelona. Height 57, Lenght 60, Width 33 With the cart, lenght 1,31 m. Handle. 36 keys (of which 2 woodblocks and 2 for the triangle). 6 tunes with tunesheet. Good general condition. Ca mid XXth c.
Est. 800/1500 €

Nº 691: A good Kalliope 23 cm disc music box Sculpted wooden case (needs some cleaning) 33x33x17 cm. Central handle winding. One 48 teeth comb. End of XIXth c. Very good condition and sound. With ca 39 discs.
Est. 1500/2300 €

Nº 692: A fine 10 tunes Perroquette with 3 cylinders Walnut case, 28x39x28 cm. Handwritten tunesheet (Walzes, polka, etc.). 3 stops at will, with each 10 metal pipes, of which one stopped set. All cylinders in good condition, two are in a spare box. Unsigned (probably Mirecourt). End of XIXth c. Good condition. It works, but the playing might be improved.
Est. 1500/2000 €

Nº 693: Interesting salon organ by Dumont-Parizot, 20 keys, 4 cylinders. Beautiful walnut cabinet, façade of half-columns. 90x60x40 cm. Beautiful hand-crank in the shape of a 'C'. Handwritten tune sheet signed "Dumont Parizot, craftsman of Mirecourt."  3 pipe registers controlled at will, one stoppered and two partially stoppered.  4 old cylinders (43 cm, 3 helical, one notched) plus a recent cylinder (notated in long notes, and curiously partly helical and partly notched). Boxes for the cylinders (one new, one old with attrition). Overtures "Caliph of Baghdad", "Young Henry", "The Caravan", and "Mass by Dumont". 1st half of the 19th century. All in beautiful condition, plays perfectly. Around 1830.
Est. 3000/4000 €

Nº 694: Brémond, A large 12 tunes musical box Case with boxwood stringing decoration and inlay (some worm damage on the front) 70x25 cm height. 17 cm. Large tunesheet (classical programm). 44 cm cylinder, good condition and sound, but 6 broken teeth and needs cleaning. From the number 14081 inscribed on the tunesheet and under the box, M. Bulleid's tables show the year 1868 ("Tunesheets", a MBSGB publication).
Est. 600/1000 €

Nº 695: A 8 tunes musical box Simple case 46 cm. "APC" on the governor. Leverwound. 23 cm brass cylinder. End of the XIXth c. 3 broken teeth, otherwise good playing and sound. Needs cleaning and restoration.
Est. 350/500 €

Nº 696: A fine 24 keys Ariston In good condition and plays well. Ca 1900. With 5 cardboard discs (Quadrille des lanciers).
Est. 500/800 €

Nº 697: A fine large cupboard shaped barrel piano made by "Maison Théophas Tricart à Saint Amand les Eaux", 46 cm cylinder, 10 tunes with tunesheet. Works manually or electrically. 39 keys. Fine upholstery. H. 1 m 80. L. 1 m 20. P. 70 cm. Good condition and sound.
Est. 2500/3000 €

698.jpgNº 698: A rare, large and fine 36 keys Ariston German organette end of XIXth c., black case with small columns at the angles and gilt stringing decoration (two feet need refixing, two lacking) 55x55x30 cm. Very good general condition, but needs a revision (a few notes blocked). With a fine programm on 20 discs in perfect condition.
Est. 800/1500 €

Nº 699: A small handle operated Spanish barrel piano by Pombia in Barcelona, 12 tunes, (need tuning). H. 1 m 05. L. 90 cm. Metal frame. Good condition. The endless screw has been remade.
Est. 600/1000 €

Nº 700: Harmonipan Hofbauer, a very fine modern portable organ with microbox system Fine varnished case with a rich decoration depicting an inlay of musical instruments. Height 69, width 55, depht 37 cm. Turning the handle activates the bellows which give air to 3 rows of visible pipes : 15 metal opened piccolos, 15 metal stopped piccolos, and many wooden bass pipes under the case. A piccolo stop on the side. We did not dismantle this organ, so we do not know exactly the number of keys ; probably 20, perhaps more. The 8 tapes of 10 tunes each are linked permanently, with immediate selection of any of the 80 available tunes (varied programm, with some French tunes). Works with 220 V or inside battery. In excellent condition of presentation and playing. Ca 1980/90's. On an old fashionned cart, long 95 cm with 4 spoked wooden wheels. Hofbauer is a well known maker in Göttingen (Germany). His microbox system met a large success.
Est. 3000/4000 €

Nº 701 : A rare and large musical picture clock, depicting probably Bonaparte at the Arcole bridge, (A legendary battle on nov. 15th 1796). In a gilt frame 97x124 cm (needs cleaning). A fine picture (small accidents) of a revolutionnary battle to control a bridge. Clockwork movement (needs restoration) with hour striking on gongs and Angelus. 6 tunes 21 cm cyl. musical movement, 3 levers, needing restoration (rust, some bent pins). Ca 1870.
Est. 12/1800 €

Nº 702: Pianola : a 65 notes push-up to be placed in front of a piano. Themodist system (ca 1900). Walnut upholstery 92x116x40 cm. Good original general condition (a few pipes changed, 1 treble "hammer" missing). Needs cleaning and restoration. With 12 cardboard cases of 65 notes rolls (ca 300 to 400 rolls).
Est. 500/800 €

Nº 703: A Serinette, end of XIXth c. Walnut case 26 cm. Tunesheet of the 8 airs. 10 metal pipes. Completely restored, good condition.
Est. 500/700 €

Nº 704: A 6 tunes cylinder organette Varnished case 42x27 cm. Height 30 cm. Handle. Sold by "Cauderes à Bordeaux". End of the XIXth c. Completely restored (some parts remade). With an old glued tunesheet (Vie parisienne, Giroflé, etc...). Not examined inside. Playing needs improving.
Est. 600/800 €

Nº 705: A 4 stops cylinder Orgue de salon Fine case with side columns (twisted lid, some splits to the mahoganny veneer). 113 x 72 x 46 cm. Fine inverted C shaped handle. Tune sheet for 5 cylinders (only one present : No 3 with 5 walzes and 5 romances). 55 cm cylinder. 4 stops of metal pipes, partly opened, partly stopped, with 2 wooden bass pipes under. Extensively restored, many adjustments need attention. Tune changing devices need to be remade. XIXth c.
Est. 1200/1800 €

Nº 706: Ariston, a 24 keys organette, simple action with 10 discs. Good general condition, but needs attention (bellows ?).
Est. 250/400 €

Nº 707: A 6 tunes musical movement to restore 15 damaged teeth. Cyl 27,5 cm. In an old case with inlay 56 cm.
Est. 150/250 €

Nº 708: A wooden musical alarm clock Height 42 cm. Good condition, good 2 tunes music, but clockwork needs revision.
Est. 70/100 €

Nº 709: A 12 tunes Soualle musical box movement (33cm) six broken teeth, and tips missing, with comb stamped Soualle, in a case with inlay.
Est. 400/600 €

Nº 710: A 6 tunes musical box Case 32,5 cm, Leverwound, tunesheet, cyl. 13 cm. To restore.
Est. 100/200 711: A lot of small Lador movements condition as new, 18 teeth, spring driven with keys. Ca 25 pieces.
Est. 100/200 €

Nº 712: Fifteen books of music for a 24 keys organina Thibouville.
Est. 100/150 €

Nº 713: A 4 tunes cylinder organette Case 36 cm (accidents), but interesting and is worth a restoration (good sound). Ca 1880.
Est. 200/300 €

Nº 714: Ariston 24 keys apparently complete (excepted handle), needs restoration.
Est. 120/180 €

Nº 715: A wooden musical alarm clock 44 cm, 2 tunes, in excellent condition, ca 1900.
Est. 120/180 €

Nº 716: A musical tile, with flower decoration. Fine 3 tunes music (with tunesheet).
Est. 70/100 €

Nº 717: A nice musical tile Scène galante. 2 tunes, remnants of a tunesheet.
Est. 70/100 €

Nº 718: Two 62,5 cm Polyphon discs rather good condition.
Est. 10/20 €

Nº 719: A Napoléon III musical cigar dispenser (some parts lacking, blocked movement)
Est. 30/50 €

Nº 720: A musical tile in Longwy faïence with decoration of flowers and dragoons.
Est. 150/200 €

Nº 721: A musical tile with chestnut camaïeu flower decoration.
Est. 120/180 €

Nº 722: Two musical tiles
Est. 80/120 €

Nº 723: An old musical tile with a modern movement ("Et M... pour le Roi d'Angleterre ...") (a popular song in France, untranslatable for diplomatic reasons).
Est. 60/90 €

Nº 724: A musical wooden alarm clock 2 tunes, rather good music, clockwork needs attention. Height 31 cm.
Est. 70/100 €

Nº 725: Two perforated cardboard rolls For a pneumatic German instrument ?
Est. 20/30 €

Nº 726: Five metal discs for Edelweiss.
Est. 30/40 €

Nº 727: An advertising poster of the "Maison Poussier" "Tout pour la musique" in Epinal and Remiremont, illustrated by L. Husson ca 1920, mounted on canvas. 120x80cm.
Est. 400/600 €

At ca 4 pm : Automatas and mechanical toys

Nº 730: Chapuis et Droz "Les automates" Edition du Griffon. 1949. Ex No 1347.
Est. 250/400 €

Nº 731: Chien type Teckel (a dog) A dog with body in flocked carboard, with battery operated motor, moving with two metal wheels which activate the fore legs. L. 42cm
Est. 200/300 €

Nº 732: Bouledogue à tête en carton mobile (a dog) A bulldog with a carboard moving head, and mouth opening when pulling the chain, and barking. Flocked plastic body, on wooden wheels (a repair to the fore left tight ?). The "Etablissements Convert" realized the plastic bodies of such animals.
Est. 500/700 €

Nº 733: Militaire à cheval (A soldier on a horse) A fine end of the XIXth c. toy to be pulled on, closed mouth bisque head, fixed blue eyes. It rotates its head and salutes. Good condition (excepted the missing ears of the horse). Sounding mechanism. L. 32 cm - H. 48 cm
Est. 700/1000 €

Nº 734: "Enfant sur patinette" (a child on a scooter) A mechanical toy ca 1930 (Decamps ?), Limoges bisque head, fine period sailor clothing, metal hands. H. 35 cm
Est. 1200/1500 €

Nº 735: "Le violoniste" A small manivelle automaton, German made, German open mouth bisque head, original clothes and condition (slightly faded). In working order. Beginning of the XXth c. Height 33cm.
Est. 500/700 €

Nº 736: G. Vichy, "L'espagnole au tambourin" (A Spanish woman with a hand-drum) A fine mechanical toy on three wheels, turning head, bisque shoulders, arms and hands, fine original silk clothes, marked G. Vichy on the bedplate (unhooked spring). End of the XIXth c. H 34cm
Est. 1500/2500 €

Nº 737: Vichy, jeune femme à l'ombrelle (a young woman with a parasol) seated on a tree trunk. A charming Gaultier bisque head automaton, bisque hands, with original clothing, original tree patina. Motor needs a repair. End of the XIXth c. Height 37cm
Est. 1500/2000 €

Nº 738: "Duo comique" A rare sand automaton depicting two musician monkeys : Sithouth, colored lithographed. Fine condition, in working order (the external sheathing has been redone). See Chapuis et Droz p 156. Mid XIXth c. 23,5x31cm
Est. 1000/1500 €

Nº 739: Gustave Vichy, "Le Pierrot écrivain" (Pierrot writing) Famous automaton from this Parisian firm. The present item is in fine original condition, notwithstanding a few restorations (the lamp and its interior mechanism is not original, as the chair, the table, the clothes, the text on the table). The movement is so described in the Vichy catalog : "il termine sa correspondance à la lueur de sa lampe, mais il finit pas s'endormir et la lampe s'éteint ; il s'éveille et s'aperçoit qu'il n'a plus de lumière. Il allonge le bras pour lever la mèche et sa lampe se rallume ; il tourne la tête, fait mouvoir les paupières et continue d'écrire". (He is finishing his letter under the light of the lamp. He ends up sleeping and the lamp shades off. He wakes off and sees there is no more light. He stretches out his arm to heighten the wick and the lamp is lighted again ; he turns his head, moves his eyelids and goes on writing". End of the XIXth c. Height with his hat 70 cm. Width. 53 cm. D. 35 cm.
Est. 30000/40000 €

Nº 740: Lambert, "Jeune fille au panier et à l'oiseau" (A young girl with a basket and a bird) Closed mouth Jumeau head automaton, blue paperweight eyes, with red stamp, taille 2 (crack under the left cheek), bisque hands (restorations ?) fine original pale green satin clothes, fair wig. Musical base, two movements of the head, of each arm, the left hand holds the basket from which a bird (missing) should emerge. Height 52 cm.
Est. 3000/3500 €

Nº 741: Roullet Decamps, "Le clown aux anneaux" (A clown with rings) A small automaton with a fine white bisque smiling character head, blue glass eyes, original clothes, metal hands, two movements : head and hands. Musical base. End of the XIXth c. Height 45cm.
Est. 1500/2000 €

Nº 742: Lambert, "Le petit marmiton" (The little cook) A bisque headed German automaton, open mouth, two movements of the head, movements of the eyes and of each arm. On a musical base, ca 1900. Good condition. It works. Clothes and red velvet restored, key "L.B." Height 53cm
Est. 2500/4000 €

Nº 743: Vichy. "Pierrot donnant une aubade à la lune" (Pierrot serenating the moon) This automaton is depicted in the Maison Vichy Catalogue : "quartier de lune dont l'oeil et la bouche sont mouvementés. Ce Pierrot est assis sur le bout du croissant et joue de la mandoline. Au moment où la lune ouvre la bouche et remue l'oeil, le Pierrot tourne la tête et lui tire la langue". (A quarter of the moon with movements of the eye and the mouth. Pierrot is seated on the tip of the crescent and plays a mandolin. At the moment the moon opens her mouth and moves her eyes, Pierrot turns his head and show his tongue at her). Height 53cm. Music. End of the XIXth c. Good condition but external patina and clothes restored.
Est. 15000/20000 €

Nº 744: Farkas, "Joueuse de clavecin" (A harpsichord player) a fine bisque headed musical automaton clothed in the XVIIIth c. taste, luxuous version, with black lacquered base with decoration of a galant scene and bronze fixings, under a glass dome. Second half of the XXth c.
Est. 1000/1500 €

Nº 745: Marcu, "Promeneuse à l'ombrelle" (A ambulating woman with an parasol) A fine automaton depicting a crinoline rose silk dressed woman, on a large 3 whell socket. She moves forward in a circle, looks on the left and the right, makes her parasol rotate and moves the lorgnette she holds with her right arm. Smiling bisque head stamped "Marcu". 2 tunes musical movement. Second half of the XXth c. Good condition. Height 63 cm - Lenght 55 cm
Est. 1500/2500 €

Nº 746: "Vieillard à la mandoline" (An old man with a mandoline) An original automaton depicting a mandolin player and his dog. Movements of the head and the arms of the musician, and of the ears and tail of the dog. A very realistic creation with a fine bisque head, good finition of the clothes and shoes. 4 commands and good music. Mid XXth c. Height 58 cm.
Est. 1200/1800 €

Nº 747: Automate clown dressant son chien (training his dog) from a body and a head from the end of the XIXth c., modern mechanism with music, movements of the left arm and the head, movement of the right arm with the mouth and the eyes, movement of the dog's head. Needs revision. H. 80 cm.
Est. 1500/2000 €

Nº 748: J.A.F. "Pêcheur esquimau" A fine electrical automaton depicting an esquimo with his harpoon, movements of the head, the eyes and the right arm a-fishing . On a base depicting the ice shelf. Height 75 cm - 220 volt (motor needs revision). Original condition.
Est. 1500/2500 €

748-749-750.jpgNº 749: J.A.F. "Paysan tonkinois revenant du marché" (A Tonkenese peasant coming back from the market) A fine electrical automaton, movements of the head and the arms, mechanism in the body. Height 66cm - 220 volts. Original condition.
Est. 1500/2500 €

Nº 750: J.A.F. "Incoyable" A fine electrical automaton depicting this famous character at the end of the XVIIIth c, with his stick. Three movements ; head, eyes and arms. On a base. 220 volts. Original condition.
Est. 1500/2500 €

Nº : Four automata attributed to M. ASTRE a joiner and decorator in Toulouse during the 1st half of the XXth c. Rediscovered in an attic, these automata have been restored recently. Their inspiration is that of the great automata of the end of the XIXth c. (n° 752 à 757). 752: "Buveur sur son tonneau" (A drinker seated on a barrel) with scenery of two barrels and bottles. Height 42 cm (repaired and restored). New clothes.
Est. 200/300 €

Nº 753: "Singe pêcheur" (A monkey fishing) with scenery of a pond with ducks. Height 42 cm (repaired and restored), new clothes.
Est. 200/300 €

Nº 754: "Musicien sur la lune" (quartier de lune) (A musician on a quarter of the moon) , two tunes, of which : "heure exquise, qui nous grise..." Height. 40 cm (repaired and restored) new clothes and cello.
Est. 400/600 €

Nº 755: "Musicien sur la lune" (pleine lune) (A musician on the full moon) Height 55cm, (repaired and restored), vêtements et violoncelle neufs.
Est. 400/600 €

Nº 756: A lot of 4 automaton heads H. 11cm (raw bisque, without decoration).
Est. 60/100 €

Nº 757: Ten staff-made automaton heads glass eyes, (repaired and restored)
Est. 150/300 €

Nº 757 bis ?: Six electrical automatons for a windowcase, ca 1970/1980. good condition.
Est. 758: "L'Oie" (the goose) 55 cm.
Est. 250/300 €

Nº 759: "Lapin sortant du chapeau" (A rabbitt from a hat) 50 cm.
Est. 250/300 €

Nº 760: "Moine" (monk) 65 cm.
Est. 250/300 €

Nº 761: "Chevalier", (horse-rider) (accident) 60 cm.
Est. 150/200 €

Nº 762: "Magicien" (Conjuror) 70 cm.
Est. 250/300 €

Nº 763: "Esquimau" 65 cm.
Est. 250/300 €

Nº 764: "Le buveur de bière" (The beer drinker) A small modern automaton with fine bisque head, movement of the head and the two arms, musical movement. Height 33 cm
Est. 400/500 €

Nº 765: A ventriloquist cardboard head With 2 movements : mouth and eyes. H. 18 cm.
Est. 400/600 €

Nº 766: A large wooden base (probably for a singing birds bush), red interior, forming a case L. 71 cm
Est. 30/50 €

Following at ca 17 h (5 pm) :

Following at ca 17 h (5 pm) :

- Ca 25 lots of gambling or arcade machines and Fairground art (Lots 768-781)

- More than 100 lots of phonographs, records, etc., instruments and documentation (Lots 784-900)

Sorry, no English translation !
Please see the French version of the catalog for these items (text and photos)

End of this auction : ca 19 h (7 p.m).
Results will be published on the same web site :

Dolls : large specialized auction on Saturday December 4th, ask for the special catalogue.
Our next specialized auction of mechanical music, dolls, automata, etc. will take place in May 2005.
Last entries for the catalogue : end of March 2005.

30 Nov 2004

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   

Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google

CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2024 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Please Support Publication of the MMD with your Generous Donation

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

Translate This Page