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France - Chartres - Galerie de Chartres

Vente aux enchères publiques

Important auction of Automatas and Mechanical music instruments
Sunday May 29th, beginning at 14h (2 pm).
In the "Galerie de Chartres", 300 yards from the Cathedral.

About 240 lots :

Many fine automatas
Some coming from the former Maison Decamps workshop
Others from a Japanese collection, and various owners
by Decamps, Roullet-Decamps, Lambert, Renou, Vichy, Farkas, Marcu,
Especially a fine "Clown on the Moon", by Roullet-Decamps,
Several good fairground artifacts

 Mechanical Music Instruments : Several good cylinder pianos
A fine portable reed organ by Robino in Manchester
Good modern portable organs
A 42 keys Odin Organ from the famous street singer Claude Reboul
Parlour cylinder organs by Thibouville and Benoît
Cylinder and disc musical boxes (2 fine vertical Symphonion)
 Organettes and many musical novelties
An exceptionnaly large Black Forest "Coucou"clock

More than 60 lots of gambling and arcade machines
mainly from a Belgian collection
Proposed with the collaboration of  l'Hôtel des Ventes Flagey
Rue du Nids à Bruxelles, where they will be exhibited

Various lots of phonographs and cylinders
Good and various documentation
about mechanical music, automatas and phonographs

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

IMPORTANT :  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)

- VIEWING : Friday May 27th : 15 to 17 h and 20 h30 to 22 h
   Saturday May 28th :  9 to 10h30 (then auction of dolls)
Sunday May 29th :  10 to 12 h

The 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 : December 2005. Entries till end of October 2005.

If you are interested in dolls, there is a large specialized auction (and a special catalogue in French) on Saturday May 28th, with several hundred lots.

The 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)

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