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Small mechanical music instruments
Nº 501: Two bisque musical objects A swan, and a team of
horses. XXth c
Nº 502: A modern Japanese musical box with dancing doll Height
22 cm, 4 drawers. Blocked movement, otherwise good condition. And a modern
miniature musical chest of drawers (3 drawers), and a musical book with
a dancing doll. Sankyo movement.
Nº 503: Two miniature musical chalets XXth c. Spring unhooked
on the tune Etoile des neiges.
Nº 504: Two miniature modern musical pianos (The Sting,
and la Paloma)
Nº 505: Two bisque musical characters A dancing couple,
and a ballerina. XXth c.
Nº 506: Two modern miniature musical Japanese pianos with
dancing dolls (modern)
Nº 507: Two Japanese musical caskets with dancing dolls
Nº 508: Two other Japanese musical caskets with dancing
Nº 509: Two musical items : a book, and a casket "Strasbourg"
Nº 510: Three musical items : an animated spinning wheel,
a Vautier cigar box and an Eiffel tower
Nº 511: A small musical photo album Stamped leather binding.
16x13 cm. Small 2 tunes movement. Ca 1900. In good condition.
Nº 512: A ruined 4 tunes musical box 32 cm case, 12 cm cyl.
broken teeth. For spare parts ! End of the XIXth c
Nº 513: A musical fruit bowl in gilt wood 26 cm. Good one
tune musical movement. Beginning of the XXth c.
Nº 514: A 3 tunes musical photo album Red velvet binding
(some wear) with tin decoration. Good small movement with tunesheet. Ca
Nº 515: A musical tile with one good tune Curious tile featuring
a dog. Beginning of the XXth c.
Nº 516: A small musical cigarette dispenser in the shape
of an upright piano. Mid XXth c. Good condition.
Nº 517: A fine musical photo album with "P. Bordier" inscribed
a plate on the green velvet cover with brass decoration. No music. Ca 1900
Nº 518: A 6 tunes musical box 38 cm case. 9 cm cyl. The
movement is blocked, one broken tooth, some bent pins. End of XIXth c
Nº 519: A violin shaped musical sewing casket covered in
green velvet, with a mirror. 37 cm. Various implements, and under the case
is a tunesheet of the two tunes. End of the XIXth c. Fine condition
Nº 520: An 8 tunes musical box with 3 bells 26 cm case.
Needs complete restoration. End of the XIXth c.
Nº 521: A 6 tunes musical box Simple case with transfer
decoration (some wear) 37 cm. Under the case, a round label : "Marque de
fabrique AM Paris". 9 cm nickel plated cylinder, with tune indicator. Needs
cleaning and straightening of the handle, otherwise good playing condition
and good sound. Ca 1900.
Nº 522: A musical cigar dispenser Height 30 cm. Dispenser
from end of the XIXth c, but modern one tune musical movement (and not
two tunes as indicated on the old tunesheet)
Nº 523: A 12 tunes musical box Case with inlay (accidents)
46 cm. Fine l'Epée tunesheet. Slow running movement, 15 cm nickel
plated cylinder. 1 broken tooth, many bent pins. End of the XIXth c.
Nº 524: A fine musical cigar dispenser with Chinese decoration
an hexagonal base, 6 doors. Height 30 cm. Two tunes tunesheet. Some accidents
to the decoration, otherwise good condition. End of the XIXth c.
Nº 525: A singing bird cage with one bird. Round gilt metal
case. Germany, end of the XXth c. Good presentation, but the mechanism
needs attention. Height 30cm.
Nº 526: A singing bird cage with one bird. Round gilt metal
case. Movements of the head, the beak and the tail. Singing needs attention.
Height 30cm. France, 2d half of the XXth c.
Nº 529: Three pamphlets : musée Baud, Collection
de phonos Agnard, le Magasin du Phonographe.
Nº 530: "La Joueuse d'orgue", a large poster advertising
the famous novel by Montépin (ca 1900). Mounted on canvas. Height
2,05, width 1,60 m. Good condition.
Nº 531: Les Instruments de musique mécanique, by A. Buchner
pages with many illustrations. Gründ (Paris) 1992.
Nº 532: A fine illustration of a barrel organ player Journal
"L'Eclipse", 15 mai 1870. Complete, some wear
Nº 533: Bowers, Encyclopaedia of Automatic Musical Instruments.
Hard bound, good used condition. "The bible".
Nº 534: Dom Bédos de Celles, L'Art du Facteur d'Orgues.
1976 repring by Laget in original 1766 size (43x30 cm), with many pages
on mechanical organs. Two volumes (Text + Plates). Good condition.
Nº 535: Chapuis et Gélis, Le Monde des Automates,
Paris 1928, two volumes, softbound, in good condition. A well-known classical
book, much looked after.
Nº 536: A lot of more than 20 auction catalogues (Retonio,
Nº 537: Photographie du dessinateur de Jacquet-Droz du Musée
de Neufchâtel par Fred Boissonas célèbre
photographe génevois. Il est représenté un homme
à ses côtés, sans doute le conservateur du musée.
Début XXe. 22 x 14,5 cm.
Nº 537: A photograph of the Jacquet-Droz Draughtsman of the
Museum of Neufchâtel by Fred Boissonas, the celebrated photographer
of Geneva. The photo shows a man at his side, probably the curator
of the museum. Beginning of 20th century. 22 x 14.5 cm.
Nº 538: Imagerie d'Epinal, grandes constructions : "dix
planches à découper et à monter pour former des animations
: Théâtre de marionnettes, la fête du village, la scierie,
le zouave et le prussien.
Nº 538: Imagery of Epinal, big constructions : "ten boards
to be cut out and put up to form animations: Puppet theatre, the village
festival, the sawmill, the clown and the Prussian.
Nº 539: ROULLET DECAMPS. A fine mechanical swimming doll,
Simon & Halbig moule 1079 taille 2 bisque head, chestnut glass eyes,
cork body housing the mechanism, with key. Lacquered wooden limbs, iron
sheeet hands, period clothing and wig. L. 41cm
Nº 540: ROULLET DECAMPS "A cat walking, turning around,
moving its tail and mewing" A fine item covered with white fur, glass eyes,
it opens its mouth. Lenght 30cm
Nº 541: DECAMPS "A cat walking, turning around and
mewing" A fine item covered with black fur, glass eyes, it opens its mouth.
Nº 542: ROULLET DECAMPS "Le chat cuisinier" (A cat as a cook)
A fine mechanical toy. When the cook rises the cover of the "pot au feu",
two mice appear and move. Partial skin, not original dress. 2d half of
the XXth c. Height 30cm
Nº 543: ROULLET DECAMPS "Le chat au moulin à café"
(A cat with a coffee grinder) Body without skin and clothes. 2d quarter
of the XXth c. height 31cm
Nº 544: DECAMPS "Poupée berçant son enfant" (A
doll rocking its child) Fine movements of the arms and the body. (Mechanism
inside the body). SFBJ bisque head, musical movement in the base with independant
winding. Restored clothes. Ca 1930. Height 45cm
Nº 545: An entertaining mechanical toy Depicting a bisque
headed pair of characters, on a cross-shaped stand, with four lead wheels.
Fine original condition, original spring. Germany, end of the XIXth c.
Nº 546: Gustave VICHY. "Page violoniste" (A page-boy playing
a violin) A charming mechanical toy on three wheels, bisque head and
hands, assigned to Gaultier. Fine original blue satin clothes. End of the
XIXth c. H. 42x13cm
Nº 547: VICHY. "Le meunier et son âne" (The miller
and his donkey) A fine three wheeled mechanical toy stamped "G. Vichy
Fils. Paris". Bisque head assigned to Gaultier, painted sheet iron hands,
movements of the head of the donkey, and of the two hands and the miller's
head (a bottle is missing in his right hand). End of the XIXth c. (some
usual wear). Height 42 - W. 32cm
Nº 548: A singing bird cage A square gilt wood base with
a plate of the magasin des successeurs de la Maison Baker-Troll à
Genève. Bird with movements of its beak, its head and its tail.
Beginning of the XXth c. Cleaning and adjustment are necessary. Lever with
three positions : Play, stop, intermittent. 48cm
Nº 549: "La leçon de danse" (A dancing lesson) An
animated picture with lithographed silhouettes Depicting a couple of characters
looking at two dancing cats, with the music played by a man. The mechanism
is moved by a small two tunes snuffbox type musical movement (traces of
a label), pull winding. With a label of the Maison X. Tharin, referring
to a patent taken in 1843. Black wooden frame, usual restoration. Mid XIXth
c. Height 43 cm - Width 38 cm (restoration to some elements).
Nº 550: "Le dresseur de phoques" (a seal trainer) A
fine German manivelle toy, with a small musical movement, depicting a circus
attraction : the trainer (fine modelled bisque head), beats time in front
of two musician seals, one playing the cello, and the other one the harp.
Fine original condition. Ca 1900. Height 25cm - 28x19cm.
Nº 551: "La ferme" (A farm) An entertaining German manivelle
toy , with a small musical movement. In front of a Bavarian chalet
type farm house, a fox is playing a tympanon, four hen are pecking. On
the left a cock on a tree trunk rises and shouts its cock-a-doodle-doo
(thanks to a musical bellow). Fine original condition. Ca 1900. Height
31cm - 30x23,5cm
Nº 552: RENOU "Le clown escamoteur" (A magician clown) An
automaton referring to magic, in the tradition of this Parisian maker.
He is standing and hides his head behind a fan. When he slides the fan
away, his head has disappeared, a large dice on a small table opens, where
his head appears again. Then the reverse happens : the dice closes, the
clown rises his fan, then slides it aside and his head has come back in
its former place. Staff head and hands, fine original condition (some dust
and usual wear, a cleaning is necessary, the screen is not original). On
a musical base. Ca 1900. Height, 52cm
Nº 553: VICHY-TRIBOULET. "Clown jongleur équilibriste
sur tonneau" (A clown as an acrobat, juggling on a barrel) A large
automaton, of which the type is unknown to this day, depicting a circus
attraction. (In "as found" condition, in need of a complete restoration,
but seems complete). On a stand (such as found on other automatas by the
maison Vichy), a clown is standing on a barrel which rolls on each side.
He is holding a painted metal sheet plate in its left hand, and another
small one in its right hand. He is supposed to throw a ball from one plate
to the other. Very fine staff head with movements of the lids. Musical
movement. Beginning of the XXth c. Height 1,05m - Width 60cm - Depht 58cm.
This automaton has a similar make to "Les haltérophiles" (The weightlifters),
an automaton sold by the Galerie de Chartres on May 30th 1999, n° 936
(same costume, same stand).
Nº 554: Gustave VICHY "Le dresseur d'oiseau" ou "L'Oiseleur"
(A bird trainer) A rare and large automaton by Gustave VICHY, described
in the catalogue of this famous maker as a "Dresseur d'oiseau". The character
is more than one meter high (1,15m with his hat) (3' 9"). In court or ballroom
clothes, with rich decoration, he delicately plays a flute with movements
of his right hand fingers, while a fine four tunes musical movement is
heard. A bird stands on his left hand and turns its head while listening
to the music. When the flute stops playing, the bird begins to sing (the
mechanism comes almost certainly from the Maison BONTEMS). Very fine movements
of the bird trainer's head. He rises or lowers his instrument, bows to
the audience, moves his eyelids and mouth in a very realistic manner.
Nº 555: A fine three dimensional musical clock picture with
a ship In a gilt frame (84x73 cm) with a front glass painted on its
borders in black and gold (small wear). The canvas in the rear depicts
the sea and a village. On the sides and the bottom are posted hinged painted
metal plates depicting rocks and a church. Fine model of a sailing ship.
Clockwork with hour striking on gong, stamped H. L., with a small enamel
plate Bruno (?) Menesso (?) à Paris. Independant movement for the
rolling and pitching of the boat, signed J. C. Cailly. Good independant
two tunes musical movement, 7,3 cm cylinder (some bent pins). Third quarter
of the XIXth c. Good general condition
Nº 556: BONTEMS. A fine bush with singing birds With
bird chirping, a well and a clock. Very complete with four animated birds
: at the base of the tree, one bird sips water in a shell. In the middle,
two other birds hop from one branch to another. At the top of the tree,
the fourth bird flutters its wings. On the left, water runs from a well
(a glass twisted rod activated by three wooden pulleys). In the rock appears
a clock. Small snuffbox type independant movement, with pull winding. The
chirping mechanism works with two bellows and seven cams. Wooden base (without
glass dome). End of the XIXth c. Height 68cm - Width 49cm (cf. "Flights
of fancy" by S. et C. Bailly. Ed. Antiquorum p. 302, for similar items).
Nº 557: Gustave VICHY "Le buffet magique" (A magic cupboard)
A rare and fine automaton with an exceptionnal mechanism, depicting a gluttonous
young boy who tries to get hold of a jam jar on a shelf at the top of his
grandmother's cupboard. Here is the description in the catalogue de la
maison Vichy : "This small glutton has climbed the cupboard to take some
jam, so he opens a door, but sees a fly which walks up slowly. He wants
to catch it, but the fly flies off. He stretches his arm towards the jar,
but it has changed into his grandmother's face who rises her spectacles
and scolds the child. So he rises his right arm to hide his face, and looks
again to his grandmother and show her his tongue. The cupboard door closes
while a small white mice runs upon the cheese and then disappears. Fine
mechanism with seven cams. Two tunes musical movement. Height 84cm. Beginning
of the XXth c. It is a fine item in "as found" condition. Needs some cleaning
and revision. See The Golden Age of Automata, by Ch. Bailly p. 109 and
Nº 558: LAMBERT "Fumeur de narguilé" (A"Turkish smoker")
A Turkish man seated with his legs crossed, takes alternatively to his
mouth a cup that he holds in his left hand, and a narguilé that
he holds in his right hand. Fine stucco head,with movements of the mouth
and the eyelids. Original clothing. With musical movement in the base,
and smoking mechanism showing smoke. Key "LB" with remnants of a label.
Usual restorations. Beginning of the XXth c. Height 60cm - 33x37cm
Nº 559: PHALIBOIS "Singe artiste peintre" (A monkey as
a painting artist) In the traditional spirit of this Parisian maker,
and the fashion for monkeys in the second half of the French XIXth century.
Movements of the painting right hand, of the head (sideways and up and
down), of the mouth and the eyes. In good condition, small usual restorations
to the landscape and some accessories. With a pull winding snuffbox type
musical movement. Black wooden base with glass dome. Ca 1870/1880. Height
67cm - Width 50cm
Nº 560: PHALIBOIS "Le clown à la mouche" (A clown with
a fly) A rare and entertaining model, unknown to this day in the catalogues
of this maker. Rare mechanism with four wooden cams. Seated on his chair,
the clown is inconvenienced by a fly which is comfortably seated on his
nose. He is obliged to close his eyelids alternatively, and tries to frighten
the fly by flapping in his hands, but without any success, so he tries
to shrug his shoulders up and down, without any more success. Fine pressed
cardboard and staff head and body, original silk clothes, some wear. A
small accident to the left foot. With a musical movement. Ca 1900. Height
Nº 563: A fine coin operated vertical 49,5 discs Polyphon musical
box, on stand Fine classical Polyphon case, height 97 + top 33 cm.
Not original base with side opening for the discs, height 83 cm. Total
height : 2,13 cm. Two opposite combs with 60 teeth each. End of the XIXth
c. Excellent condition and sound. With 12 discs.
Nº 563 B: paid 40 €
Nº 564: A fine 21 keys Black Forest organ clock To be suspended
at a wall. Fine dial painted with flowers and birds. Height 61 cm. Width
57, depht 24 cm. Clockwork with hour striking on a bell. 29 cm cylinder
playing seven tunes on twenty wooden pipes. Small splits in the cylinder,
otherwise good general condition. Fine making. Mid XIXth c. This clock
was formerly in the Muller collection (Pau) and is described in Chapuis,
History of the Musical Box, pp 91-92.
Nº 565: A fine carillon standing clock Case in sculpted
oak depicting several characters (of which an angel) in the style of Liège
(Belgium). Total height : 2,67 m. Base 55 x 30 cm. 48 cm embossed and gilt
brass dial, with indication of the hours, minutes and calendar. Typical
from the tradition of the Black Forest weight driven movement. Carillon
with a wooden 22 cm cylinder, playing 6 tunes on 11 bells. Ca 1900. Good
Nº 566: A rare and fine metal cased musical snuffbox, teeth
in groups of five Blue painted case with decoration of flowers. Lenght
9,3 cm. Fine notation and sound (a few noises). Ca 1840/50.
Nº 567: A small two tunes oval musical base, with teeth by groups
of four Ca 25 cm base, levers in front protuding from a mother of pearl
plate. Pull winding. 64 mm cylinder playing two tunes. Ca 1830/40. Very
fine notation and sound.
Nº 568: A fine keywound musical movement with teeth by groups
of five Housed in an old not original 33 cm mahoganny case (some cracks)
with escutcheon, red velvet inside, levers missing. 20 cm cylinder playing
4 tunes on 102 teeth (19 groups of 5 and one group of 7). Ca 1830/40. Very
beautiful playing and sound (very small tuning advisable). In very good
Nº 569: A fine key-wound musical movement with teeth by groups
of two In a 50 cm oval clock base (clock missing). A small lateral
bent door hides the 3 levers. 15 cm cylinder playing 3 tunes (Mozart et
Boeldieu) on 84 teeth by groups of two. Ca 1830. Excellent condition, notation
Nº 570: A coin operated French barrel piano by Elcé Brown
standard case with painted canvas on the front (depicting a castle), width
99 cm height 140 + top 25 cm. 10 tunes tunesheet. Metal frame. Wooden 77
cm cylinder playing on 39 keys, mandoline effect. 1st half of the XXth
c. Good general condition (needs tuning). Rear pannel missing.
Nº 571: A concert roller organ, 20 notes organette Wooden
case with gilt stringing decoration. 46x38x32 cm. Uses 16 cm "cobs" with
helicoidal notation (several turns for one tune). With 10 cobs. Ca 1900,
good condition (A few restorations to the bellows)
Nº 572: Musical child folding armchair fabric covered, with
a 2 tunes musical movement, with the label of the shop "Aux enfants sages".
When the child sits on it, the music starts.
Nº 575: Gustave VICHY. A large automaton of a bicycling woman,
half of the XIXth c., signed on the motor : "G. Vichy Fils Paris". The
bisque head was specially designed to receive lorgnettes. Blue eyes (Barrois
?), wooden hands ; silk clothes and period wig. Fine used condition, some
chips to the painting of the tricycle, but alas the winding mechanism is
incomplete (lacks winding barrel). Height, 45cm - Lenght 40cm
Nº 576: VICHY TRIBOULET "Les clowns insolents" (The impertinent
clowns) A famous automaton of which one copy belongs to the Musée
de Neuilly, in the formerly collection of Jacques DAMIOT. Two musicians
clowns are scratching their "guitars", while rotating on themselves, the
one in the back kicking the one in the front, each in turn. Very fine staff
heads, one laughs, the other one cries. Our item is in an exceptional condition
of conservation, because placed in an original windowcase. Coin-operated.
The painting of the heads, the clothes, the scenery are in very fine original
condition. With a musical movement. Beginning of the XXth c. Height of
the automaton 60cm - Width 55cm. Height of the windowcase 1,07m. W. 80cm
- Depht 53cm.
Nº 577: A fine musical picture clock (Re-gilt) frame 86x102
cm. Country scenery (restoration) signed (rare) AB Desfontaines fils :
characters, a church, houses, a brook, mountains ... Square bedplate clockwork
movements, with striking and angelus. Good 21 cylinder 6 tunes musical
movement with rather rare tunes (polka, valse, etc.) and label "Musique
de Genève". Good notation and sound (5th tune a little feeble),
very good general condition. Ca 1870/80
Nº 578: Henry VICHY "Noir joueur de banjo" (A black man playing
a banjo) It is also named in the catalogue "Dahoméen clown"
réf. 512 (cf. "The golden age of Automata, by Christian Bailly,
page 267). The black man is standing, leaning on the back of a seat and
plays a banjo, beating time with his right foot, he turns his head sideways
with movements of his eyelids and of his mouth (staff head and hands).
From time to time, he shrugs his shoulders (because of a wrong note ?).
In original condition, with the label Henry Vichy, 36 rue Montmorency.
Musical movement with zither to imitate the sound of the mandoline. Faded
clothes. End of the XIXth c. Height 72cm.
Nº 579: PHALIBOIS "Le siffleur" (A whistler) Large and rare
automaton depicting a young Parisian lad standing and whistling. Movements
of his head and his right hand which beats time. Some large collections
include this model (cf. "The Golden Age of Automata", by Christian Bailly",
page 164 and 165). A similar model was sold in the Dina Vierny auction
at Sothebys in 1996 (It came from the collection Bernand, sold in the Galerie
de Chartres in 1983). Height 94cm. In working order, but needs a restoration
of the bellows. Original clothes and red velvet base. (The patina of the
head was restored).
Nº 580: Gustave VICHY "Le flûtiste éthiopien" (An
ethiopian flute player) A fine automaton depicting a black man playing
a flute, with articulations to the fingers of both his hands : "He brings
his flute to his mouth, to play it with movements of his fingers, then
he lowers his flute, turns his head, moves his eyelids and seems to talk
to the audience to announce the next piece of music". So is described this
model in the catalogue of the Maison VICHY. Very fine staff head, wit two
tunes musical movement and a rich costume. A very similar model is reproduced
in "The Golden Age of Automata", by Christian BAILLY, page 72. Height 82cm
Nº 581: A picture clock in a gilt frame 80x69 cm. Fine naïve
painting describing a church, a lake, many characters and animals, and
two fairground shops, one being a Punch and Judy performance. Restored
canvas. Round clock movement with hour striking on a gong. 2d half of the
XIXth c. In good condition.
Nº 582: VICHY "Négresse à la corbeille de fleurs"
(A black woman with a flower basket) A well known model by the maison
Vichy, derived from the "Black man with a fruit plate". This woman holds
a basket with three roses which opens each in turn to unveil : a monkey
(turning its head with movements of its eyelids and its mouth), then in
the center : a rotating dancing girl, and finally a rotating mouse. Black
tainted skin head and shoulders. Movements of her head and her eyelids
(needing adjustment). The mechanism and musical movement are inside the
body. Original clothes (some wear, faded and tarnished by dust). Original
key and label of the tunes of music on the base. End of the XIXth c. Height
Nº 583: LAMBERT "Pierrot donnant une aubade à la lune"
(Pierrot serenading the moon) Famous and well-known automaton getting
together the favorite themes of the "Belle époque" (around 1900)
: Love, the moon and Pierrot. "Playing a mandolin, he shows his tongue
while lowering his head ; the moon answers him with a blink and by speaking
to him (movements of the mouth). Composition head, bisque hands, period
clothes, with musical movement. Fine condition, small usual restorations,
ca 1900. Height 55cm - Width 49cm. This model is reproduced in the catalogue
de la Maison Lambert and in many books.
Nº 584: "La danseuse de corde" (A female rope dancer) A
fine automaton from the second half of the XIXth c., assigned to PHALIBOIS.
Two fine characters, with wooden heads and limbs, fabric and paper clothes,
in the style of the XVIIIth c. In a clearing, a rope dancer performs (movements
of her head, of her arms as a balancing pole, and of her legs) while her
companion accompanies her with his mandolin. Pull winding musical movement
with zither. Wooden base with a glass dome. Fine original condition (a
few adjustments are necessary). Height with the glass dome 76cm, without
it 51cm - Width 50cm.
Nº 585: "Marine" (a sea scene) A three masted ship pitches
facing the entrance of a harbour, while the wings of a windmill rotate.
Under a glass dome, end of the XIXth c. A name is written in pencil (maker,
or old restorer ?). With a musical movement (adjusting needed), under painted
glass dome. Height 44cm - W. 38cm.
Nº 586: LAMBERT "Le bébé qui a cassé son
Polichinelle" (A baby having broken his Pulcinella) A well known item
from the Maison LAMBERT, but here with a very beautiful Maison Jumeau moule
211 bisque character head showing a crying face, blue paperweight eyes,
bisque hands. This doll shows its Pulcinella which is broken in the middle,
it looks at it, then looks at the audience and wipes a tear, with a handkershief
it holds in its left hand. Original clothes, but worn dress. Key "L B",
one tune musical movement with remnants of a label. Inside its wooden original
carrying box. Ca 1890. Height 52cm.
Nº 587: Blaise BONTEMS "A singing bird cage" made in wood
and shell, Asiatic style, with a label : "Envoi de Blaise Bontems fabricants
d'oiseaux et papillons mécaniques 72 Rue de Cléry à
Paris". Very fine song with movements of the head, the beak and the tail,
with intermittent position. Height 41cm
Nº 588: LAMBERT "A girl and her pulcinella" An automaton
in very fine original condition, in its original wooden case, rich silk
clothes, mainly light blue. The girl is proud to show her pulcinella that
she is holding in her left hand, then she looks at times on a pocket watch
she is holding in her right hand. Movements of the head and the eyes. (Simon
& Halbig open mouth bisque head). One tune musical movement with a
label : "La valse bleue", key "L B". Ca 1900. Rare in this condition. Height
Nº 589: BONTEMS A large china pot holder with a singing bird.
Movement signed Bontems à Paris, a small crack in the pot holder,
movements of the head, the beak and the tail. Fabric flowers, and some
artifical not original flowers. Singing and movements of the bird needs
adjusting. Beginning of the XXth c. Height 54 cm.
Nº 590: LAMBERT "Clown violoniste" (A clown playing a violin)
He is standing and plays his violin. Staff head, movements of his head,
he shows his tongue and moves his eyelids. Original clothes (wear and dust).
Musical movement in the base. Printed with the label of the magasin "Guitton
à Paris". End of the XIXth c. Height 67cm 6000/8000 €
Nº 591: Michel BERTRAND (from Vichy) "Pierrot écrivain"
(Pierrot as a writer) It is one of the models made by Michel Bertrand,
a famous Parisian automata maker and repairer, who lived later in Sainte
Croix in Switzerland. This is a reproduction of the rare and famous automaton
by the Maison Vichy. In perfect original condition, with the signature
of Michel Bertrand. While writing, Pierrot falls asleep, his lamp die out.
When awakening, he rises the wick of his lamp, ligth comes again and he
goes on writing his letters. Ca 1970/1980. Height 64cm - 55x37cm
Nº 592: Gustave VICHY "Coquette à sa coiffeuse" (A smart
woman at her dressing table) A fine automaton depicting an elegant
woman in the XIXth c. leaning in front of her mirror and looking at herself
with a lorgnette. Fine bisque Parisian head, bisque shoulders, arms and
hands. In perfect working order, it was recently checked, with some restorations
to clothes and fabrics. With a fine musical movement. End of the XIXth
c. Height 60cm - L. 48cm.
Nº 593: LAMBERT "La poudreuse" (A girl powdering her face) A
bisque Jumeau head young girl is looking at herself with a lorgnette, then
she powders her face. Four movements, bisque hands, original clothes. Key
"L B", one tune musical movement with a label : "Corneville Carillon".
Nº 594: LAMBERT "La marchande de fraises" (A girl selling strawberries)
This young woman is holding a large basket of strawberries, and she rises
some of them : a small bisque dancer girl appears. Movements of her head
and her eyes (Simon & Halbig bisque head), open mouth, bisque hands.
One tune musical movement with a label. (A few teeth are broken). Key "L
B", partly restored clothes. Beginning of the XXth c. Height 50cm
Nº 595: A curious clock under glass dome with a musical animated
scene depicting a farrier workshop 4 movements. Lenght 44 cm Height
51 cm Good 3 tunes musical movement (not dismantled). XIXth c. Restorations.
In very good condition
Nº 596: A musical picture clock Gilt frame 88x75 cm. Canvas
(teared, accidents) depicting a church, a river and characters. On the
inside, handwritten mention : "Plaisant, rue St Antoine". Square shaped
clockwork signed HL with hour striking on a gong. Independant snuffbox
type musical movement. 3 tunes (it suffered a run). 2d half of the XIXth
Nº 597: A fine musical picture clock in a gilt sculpted
frame 102x87 cm. Fine painting 80x65 cm depicting a castle with a park,
a river, characters. Some old restorations. Good clockwork movement (square
bedplate, later pendulum) striking the hours and half hours on gongs, and
starting the small 2 tunes snuffbox like movement. Mid XIXth c. Needs cleaning
and adjusting. Good condition.
Nº 598: "Marine" (A sea scene) An animated picture depicting
the entrance of a harbour with a three masted ship. The movement of the
ship on the waves is controlled through a snuffbox type musical movement
(pull winding, 2 tunes, of which "Silent night", remnants of a label).
Usual restorations. Gilt frame. Mid XIXth c. H 34x42cm - Depht 17cm.
Nº 599: "Le rieur" ou "Le rigolo" (A laughing man) de la Maison
DECAMPS Here, we sell only the dressed body of this automaton, seated
and clothed in period costume (ca 1930). Fine staff head with movements
of the eyes and of the lower lip. Double movement of the torso : sideways,
and back and forth. The base and the motor are missing, but the four commanding
rods are there. (cf. a similar model, which was complete, was sold in the
Galerie de Chartres in May 2005, n° 844 of the catalogue). Height 72cm.
Nº 600: JAF. "Charlot à la barre fixe" (Charlie Chaplin
performing at the horizontal bar) An electrical automaton for a window
case, with the plate of the Maison JAF. Character in good condition with
original clothing. H 70cm. Important motor in a wooden base (needs a repair,
some parts missing ?).
Nº 601: "Singe violoniste sur orgue" (A monkey performing the
violin, on an organ base) This instrument is traditionnaly assigned
to Thibouville Lamy. It needs a complete restoration. One leg missing,
clothing and head in need of restoration. 6 tunes reed organ needing revision.
38x27cm H 54cm. 2d half of the XIXth c.
Nº 602: A fine automaton head In cast bisque stamped "E",
probably a Jumeau make, closed mouth, fixed glass chestnut eyes, flat cut
Nº 603: "Hommage à Odilon Redon" (A tribute to Odilon
Redon) A rare and fine contemporary electrical automaton (ca 1960),
depicting a Pierrot head with paperweight blue eyes and movement of the
eyelids, which is suspended to a stylised tree. It is an artistic and original
creation. height 60cm.
Nº 604: "Orchestre de singes" (A monkey orchestra) An electrical
automaton in the spirit of the Monkeys orchestras with an organ base, as
made in the XIXth c. In a theater scenery, two musician monkeys, one as
a violonist, the other one as a cellist. (Movements of the head, the mouth
and the arm which uses the bow). With lighting. 2d half of the XXth c.
Height 74 - W. 54 - D. 37cm.
Nº 605: " Clown jongleur " (A clown, juggling) An automaton
with a metronom type clockwork movement, giving a continuous swinging movement
to the head. Germany, beginning of the XXth c. Fine original condition.
H. 60 cm.
Nº 606: "Noir Magicien" (A black man as a magician). This
magician, behind his table, rises four times in sequence the two thimbles
and makes appear and disappear various cakes and fruits. Movements of his
head sideways, of both arms, and of the objects. Composition head and hands.
Base with two tunes musical movement. Unknown maker. Mid XXth c. Height
Nº 607: LAMBERT "Petite fille aux bulles de savon" (A small
girl with soap bubbles) A charming character with German bisque head,
open mouth. She inhales soap in a bowl she holds in her right hand, and
blows bubbles (in working order). Movements of her eyes, her head and of
both hands. Base with musical movement. Key "L B", original underwear,
but the base velvet and the dress have been replaced. Beginning of the
XXth c. Height 50cm.
Nº 608: "Les petits vieux" (Elderly people) A manivelle
automaton depicting an elderly couple seated on straw chairs. She knits,
he reads. Musical movement. 2d half of the XXth c. Height 45 - W. 33cm
Nº 609: Carnaval de Venise A contemporary automaton by CAMU
with six characters and a musical movement by Reuge. Height 70 cm, width
Nº 610: Carnaval de Venise A contemporary automaton by CAMU
with six characters and a musical movement by Reuge. Height 65 cm, width
Nº 611: A singing bird cage round shaped, in gilt metal.
Movements of the head, the tail and the beak. Singing needs attention.
Germany, mid XXth c. Height 30cm
Nº 612: A character for a ventriloquist Composition head
with animation of the eyebrows, the eyes and the lower lip. Handle with
ivory knob, probably for a shadow performance (it is a seditious stick
Nº 615: A rare "fixé sous verre" two tunes musical snuffbox
composition case (accidents) 90 mm, with coloured décoration of
a chariot with an archer and rearing horses (split glass, metal frame to
be put in place). Good and delicate musical movement. Ca 1850/60. Complete,
but the case needs restoration, and the movement needs cleaning and adjustments.
Nº 616: A fine two tunes musical snuffbox, with teeth by groups
of five Composition case with delicate floral decoration. 95 mm. (Small
accidents and split on the inside horn cover). Fine notation and sound.
Ca 1850. Good general condition.
Nº 617: An important Black Forest organ clock "Joseph Klein",
with two 22 keys stops Fine sculpted front with decoration of red curtains,
whitened and gilt semi-columns and two painted characters. Height 95 cm.
Clock with hour striking on a bell. Fine movement with maker's label. 40
cm cylinder playing 9 tunes at will on two stops of wooden pipes, playable
at will. Mid XIXth c. Completely restored (according to a provided album
with photos). Fine condition (playing could not be verified).
Nº 618: A small coin operated French barrel piano in the shape
of a cupboard, by "Lilliput Jazz" "Fabrique de pianos orchestre Maison
Desmouriez-Hourdiaux, 9, rue Vasseur, Solesmes, Nord". Case with mirrors
99x180x60 cm. Incomplete coin operation. Tunesheet for the 10 tunes. Metal
frame. 72 cm cylinder playing on 32 piano keys + snare drum, cymbal, woodblock,
jingle bells. Beginning of the XXth c. Good general condition (rear pannel
missing). Needs a revision
Nº 619: A large Fortuna table musical box, with 47,5 cm discs
wooden case 78x60x35 cm (some wear) with handles and inside a glass protected
image depicting dancing characters. Winding on the front (a key replaces
the missing handle). Two opposite combs with 54 teeth each (one broken).
End of the XIXth c. Fine sound (some adjustments are advisable). With 9
discs. (Cf. Bowers p 239). 3000/4000 620: A rare small musical clock by
Junghans, with 6 interchangeable cylinders Wooden case with top, height
41 cm. Metal 6 cm long "sleeve" cylinders, each noted with one tune. The
clock starts the musical movement which has its own spring motor under
the movement. German, ca 1900. Very good condition. 500/800 621: Séraphone,
a 20 keys organette Wooden case with gilt stringing decoration. 43x31x28
cm. Commercial card "Peter Black Manchester. Ca 1900. In good general condition.
With four modern paper rolls.
Nº 620: A rare small musical clock by Junghans, with 6 interchangeable
cylinders Wooden case with top, height 41 cm. Metal 6 cm long
"sleeve" cylinders, each noted with one tune. The clock starts the musical
movement which has its own spring motor under the movement. German, ca
1900. Very good condition.
Nº 621: Séraphone, a 20 keys organette Wooden
case with gilt stringing decoration. 43x31x28 cm. Commercial card "Peter
Black Manchester. Ca 1900. In good general condition. With four modern
Nº 622: Regina, a table musical box for 39,5 cm discs Fine
sculpted wooden case 57x52x35 cm. 2 opposite combs. Some attention is needed
(unwanted noises), otherwise good presentation and in working condition.
End of the XIXth c. With 11 discs.
Nº 623: Magic Organa Hohner A portable automatic accordion,
in its carrying case, with separate foot blower system. Spring driven movement
to activate the roll (in working order). The whole seems complete and in
good condition, but could not be tried (the rubber pipe between the accordion
and the blowers is missing). With 7 rolls. Beginning of the XXth c.
Nº 624: A good 12 tunes musical box Case with transfer decoration,
54 cm. Fine tunesheet (Ploermel, Carmen, Faust, etc.) stamped LJM Paris.
Leverwound. Tune indicator. 28 cm cylinder. Good condition. End of the
Nº 625: Amorette, a 16 notes organette with 22,5 cm metal
discs. Black case 35 cm. Ca 1900. Needs attention. With 19 discs
Nº 626: A coin operated French barrel piano by Automatic Piano
rue des Archives, Paris. Standard black case, width 1,17 cm, height 140
cm + top, depht. 68 cm. The lower case beam needs replacement. Metal frame.
93 cm cylinder (some wear but no split) playing 10 tunes on 51 notes. Mandoline
effect. Rear pannel missing. 1st half of the XXth c. In playing condition,
but needs tuning.
Nº 627: A coin operated French barrel piano by Veuve Amelotti
cream coloured case, with painted canvas on the front (windmill). Width
100, height 139 + top 26, depht 58 cm. 74 cm cylinder playing 10 (?) tunes
on 38 keys. Mandoline effect. "Veuve Amelotti Nice Ets Gauder Saint-Brieuc".
First half of the XXth c. In playing condition but needs tuning.
Nº 628: A 16 keys Organina Thibouville, said "Serinette Parisienne"
38 cm. Ca 1900. Very good condition, with two books of music (Mazurka,
Nº 629: CARAN D'ACHE (1859-1909) A collection of 107 silhouettes,
very finely carved in zinc and brass plates for a shadow theater : 26 small
craftsmen, two of which are jointed, 6 political characters, all jointed,
10 army men one of which is jointed, 5 jointed legendary characters, 7
Gondolas of which 6 are taking part in the Ball, 3 hunters, 1 coach in
three parts, two firemen, 29 dancing characters of which 8 are jointed,
12 satirical characters of which a large one, 6 various characters.
Nº 630: paid 180 €
Fin de la vente. End of sale.
Our next specialized auction of mechanical music, dolls, automata,
etc. will take place in December 2007.
22 May 2007
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