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FRANCE - CHARTRES - GALERIE DE CHARTRES
IMPORTANT AUCTION OF MECHANICAL MUSIC INSTRUMENTS
Ca 400 lots :
Very fine mechanical music instruments from the Marchal collection :
An exceptionnal and spectacular parlour organ, said "by Laprevotte",
Very fine musical instruments and automata from other sources :
Many fine automatas by Vichy, Theroude, Decamps, Phalibois, Lambert,
And also about 170 lots of Phonographs, Arcade machines
Me Jean-Pierre Lelièvre - Pascal Maiche - Alain Paris
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Estimates are given in Euros.
Next specialized auction : May 2008. Entries till end of March 2008.
If you are interested in dolls, there is a large specialized auction (and a special catalogue in French) on Saturday Dec. 1st, with several hundred lots.
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Chartres is a beautiful old city, about 1 hour from Paris with a car
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Documentation: mechanical music and various
Nº 501: Daumier, a barrel organ player and his wife. A framed
reproduction of this famous engraving. 35x46 cm.
Nº 502: An original gouache painting depicting a barrel organ
player. Perhaps in snow weather. Signed (undecipherable) 59. In a gilt
frame 40x49 cm.
Nº 503: A fine and rare framed colour illustration of a barrel
organ player, smiling, with his monkey making faces to a female spectator
who answers it with a similar face. Entitled : "chacun sa malice". Frame
31x40 cm. End of the XIXth c.
Nº 504: "Les automates" by E. Maingot, and another popular
book on dolls
Nº 505: Six old fantasy postcards on barrel organs and phonos
: Chicken, angels, cats and "Le concert classique de Monte Carlo".
In very good condition.
Nº 506: Guédon, l'Art du facteur d'orgues, 1903,
softbound, in medium condition, but it is a very interesting documentation.
Without the volume of plates.
Nº 507: Bowers, Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments,
good condition. The indispensable "Bible" in our field.
Nº 508: "Au temps des Boîtes à Musique", from the
origin to fairs, by D. Bonhôte and F. Baud. Complete with its
Nº 509: "Essai sur l'horlogerie" by Ferdinand Berthoud,
reprint in two volumes of the 1786 edition. Berger Levrault. 1978.
Nº 510: Three old illustrations on barrel organs. Two framed
prints, one being about the famous competition of barrel organs in Paris
in 1892, and a 1890 song, "la Joie triste" (Xanrof-Yvette Guilbert).
Nº 511: Two illustrated journals on barrel organs "L'héritage
du joueur d'orgue" (in London, Petit Parisien 12 février 1899).
Very good condition. We add the famous "Bal des Alpins" (Petit journal
24 octobre 1897).
Nº 512: Buchner, les instruments de musique mécanique.
Gründ, Paris, 1992
Nº 513: Buchner, les instruments de musique mécanique.
Gründ, Paris, 1992. We add the "catalogue des horloges et montres
du musée technique de Prague" (1974).
Nº 514: A musical sewing casket, covered with red velvet.
24 cm. With implements. Small two tunes movement, with tune sheet. Good
playing, rather good condition. Ca 1900.
Nº 515: A wooden musical alarm clock Height 27 cm. Good
condition (one tooth missing). Ca 1900
Nº 516: A Reuge musical cigar box White, with oriental decoration.
Height 19 cm. By pushing a knob, the music plays and the doors open. Modern.
Nº 517: A small "Dep" musical alarm clock "Dep" is the shortening
of the name Depery, Cluses, established in 1826. Blue lacquer, height 9
cm. Mid XXth c. Good condition.
Nº 518: A musical tile "Achard à Moustier", XXth
c., 3 tunes.
Nº 519: A small three tunes manivelle musical box In a rectangular
case (14 cm) with transfer decoration (a split) of children and tune sheet
printed CD. Ca 1900. Good condition.
Nº 520: A Bols musical decanter. Good condition. XXth c.
Nº 521: A two tunes wooden alarm clock. Height 27 cm. Good
condition. Ca 1900.
Nº 522: A rare musical unfolding photo stand on feet, with
a drawer and a small musical movement. Height 37 cm. Green velvet (very
faded) and a heart shaped mirror. Needs cleaning and restoration. End of
Nº 523: Two small terracotta statues of barrel organ players
By Deymier, "meilleur ouvrier santonnier de France", on a special order
from a collector in 1986. Extremely finely sculpted. Height ca 24 cm. One
with a monkey.
Nº 524: A large "speaking pictures" toy book Hardbound,
24x32 cm. Interesting texts. By pulling cords, you may hear 9 different
imitation noises (Daddy-Mamma, A he-goat , a Cuckoo, a Cow, a Nest, a Lamb,
a Donkey, a Cockerel). In good condition, some fading and wear to the back
binding. Cords for Mamma and the Donkey missing. Part of a label "Au paradis
des enfants, rue de Rivoli". Ca 1900.
Nº 525: A fine musical clock picture painted on metal. In
a gilt frame 62 x 51 cm. Good painting on a sheet of metal, depicting a
chalet, a pair of shepherds, a river and steep and snow covered mountains.
The round clockwork strikes the hours and half hours. It starts a small
snuffbox like small 3 tunes musical movement, with tune sheet. One broken
bass tooth, otherwise in good working order. End of the XIXth c.
Nº 526: Clariophon, a very rare 24 keys organette. In its
original travelling case stamped Leipzig. Instrument case in clear wood
with transfer decoration and printed "Clariophon". 45x33x29 cm. Uses perforated
metal sheets (alas missing) which are rolled around an inner cylinder.
This instrument is not mentioned in the Bowers Encyclopedia. According
to McElhone (The organette book), we know only a score around the world.
See his complete description pp. 70-73, but our model seems to be another
original type without openings on the lid (but with inner openings on the
right and left of the cylinder). End of the XIXth. c.
Nº 527: Ducommun Girod, a rare key-wind 8 tunes forte piano
musical box Case with boxwood stringing and inlay decoration, length
42 cm. Three levers. Handwritten tune sheet. 22,3 cm cylinder playing 8
tunes (two per turn) on two combs of 91 and 40 teeth. Ca 1846 (according
to Bulleid, Tunesheets). Completely restored, excellent condition and playing,
well underlined forte piano effect.
Nº 528: A charming and rare small cylinder parlour vertical
piano in the style of the portable pianos by Hicks. Mahogany veneered
case with semi columns in the upper part and old fabric to let the sound
go out, and two brass decorative ornaments. Width 32, depth 35, height
78 cm. The actual owner mentioned the tuning scale on the back of the lid.
Fine inverted C shaped handle, with a large wooden spherical grip. 6 tunes
played on a 23 cm cylinder, diam. ca 20 cm, in good condition. A small
split in the table. 3 metal strings per note. Beginning of the XIXth c.
Good general condition, but needs tuning and some adjustments.
Nº 529: TANZBAR : A small German automatic accordion with 18
keys, working with perforated paper rolls (sold with two good condition
Nº 530: A rare small coin operated mechanical piano (Baby Piano)
Art nouveau case with decoration of black and gilt linings. 66x44 cm, height
102 + top 23 cm. Tune sheet of the 6 tunes (valse, polka, etc.) "Joachim,
Romilly sur Seine", mandoline effect. 45 cm cylinder playing on 36 keys.
Beginning of the XXth c. In good condition of presentation and playing
(tuning advisable). Rare in this small size.
Nº 531: Polyphon, "Automate à musique" vertical coin
operated musical box using 39,5 cm discs Sculpted wooden case with
openings for the sound. 55 x 77 cm, depth 32 cm. With top. Two combs face
to face, with 5 discs. End of the XIXth c. Good general condition and fine
Nº 532: A 12 tunes musical box with 7 bells, drum and castanets
Simple case, veneered in boxwood and blackened wood. Handles. 74x33 cm
depth 39 cm. Brass plate : "Aux enfants sages, Guitton Paris." Fine 12
tunes tune sheet. 38 cm cylinder. Zither. Ca 1885. Complete, good playing,
fine sound, needs cleaning.
Nº 533: Bicorde: A rare and curious instrument with two strings,
of fruitwood, resting on two feet, to be played while seated with a bow.
Mid XIXth c. 141 cm.
Nº 534: An exceptional and large musical tantalus box (possibly
Alsatian). Carved oak with beveled glass panes 42x31x31 cm. 4 small decanters
and 16 glasses. A good two tunes old musical snuffbox type movement (added).
Automata (1st part)
Nº 537: "Les demoiselles Philippart" (France Fresnay s/Sarthe
vers 1970) A couple of dancers, with wooden heads, clothes in the style
of the XVIIIth c. Reuge musical movement, under glass dome. Good condition.
Height 21 cm.
Nº 538: "clown sur accordéon" A small musical toy
from the beginning of the XXth c. with an accordion on which a composition
clown rides (wood and fabric). Height 23 cm
Nº 539: "clown sur tambourin" A charming German musical toy,
a small musical movement (not functional). Bisque head, original clothes
with jingle bells [crotals]. Beginning of the XXth c. Height 35 cm.
Nº 540: "La gardienne d'oies". (A goose female keeper) A
fine toy to pull, ca 1920. Rare pressed and painted bisque head, wooden
hands. Movements of the head and of the left arm who holds a stick, and
of the goose. On a wooden stand on 4 wooden wheels. Height 43 cm - L. 33
Nº 541: "Clown aux grelots sur tambour" (A clown on a drum,
with jingle bells) A fine manivelle German toy, with movements of the
clown and noise of the drum. Beginning of the XXth c. Height 38 cm.
Nº 542: "Orchestre de jazz" A rare German manivelle toy
with a small musical movement, featuring 3 black musicians : a cellist
and two banjo players. Rare typical black German bisque heads. Fine clothes
mainly white with top hats (some usual restorations). End of the XIXth
c. Height 35 cm - L. 35x25 cm.
Nº 543: "Le bal" A fine German manivelle toy, with musical
movement and 6 bisque headed characters : three musicians (cello, violin
and banjo) and three dancing girls rotating on themselves. Fine original
condition. End of the XIXth c. Height 35 cm - L. 40x24 cm
Nº 544: Gustave VICHY "fillette à la balançoire"
(A girl on a swing) 3 wheels mechanical toy (one repaired wheel).
Fine condition with original clothes. In working order. The main character
has a closed mouth Gaultier head and bisque hands. On the swing, a small
Nuremberg wooden doll. Ca 1880. Height 34 cm - Width 33 cm.
Nº 545: A. THEROUDE Paris. "le Zouave au feu" (A soldier in
war) A three wheel mechanical toy, signed on the bedplate. Fine composition
head after Napoléon the IIId, original clothes. In working order.
Ca 1870. Height 24 cm - Width 14 cm
Nº 546: Griesbaum (Germany), a singing bird cage, in gilt
and lizard imitation metal, on a canted rectangular base. Fine condition
and singing. Ca 1950/60. Height 29 cm.
Nº 547: A bronze singing bird snuffbox Mid XXth c. The bird
rotates, movements of the wings and the tail. It works, but needs attention.
Nº 548: Gustave VICHY "la promenade" (A walk) A fine toy
depicting a young woman walking and pushing a three wheels pram. In exceptionally
good condition. Mechanism inside the woman's body. Fine bisque rotating
head by Gaultier, bisque shoulders and hands, blue paperweight eyes. The
baby is a splendid French mignonette (17 cm). Rare in this original condition.
Formerly in the Dina Vierny collection. Ca 1870. Height 46 cm - L. 39 cm.
Nº 549: DECAMPS "femme cousant dans sa cabine de plage en osier"
(A woman sewing in her wicker beach cabin) Fine movements of the head,
she looks left and right, then down again at her work. Two movements of
the right sewing hand. Simon & Halbig open mouth bisque head, white
clothes, wig. With musical movement. Beginning of the XXth c. Height 50
Nº 550: DECAMPS "Bébé marchant dans un youpala"
(A baby walking in its baby-walker) A charming presentation of this mechanical
baby, open mouth Jumeau head, stamped in red, taille 2, blue paperweight
eyes. Fine rose silk clothes and laces. End of the XIXth c. Height 31 cm.
Nº 551: DECAMPS "la nourrice" (a baby nurse) A rare and
large automaton featuring a seated nurse, giving the baby its milk-bottle.
Fine staff head leaning towards the baby with movements of the eyelids
(paperweight eyes). She puts the bottle in the mouth of the baby who grumbles
with content (fine bisque Gaultier head for the child). Mechanism and musical
movement inside the body (some usual restorations, including the clothes).
End of the XIXth c. Height 60 cm. N° 327 of the catalogue of the Maison
Nº 552: PHALIBOIS "l'homme au téléphone" (a
man at the telephone) Exceptional and large automaton ca 1900/1910, it
shows the recent invention of the telephone and had an advertising aim
: the man picks up the telephone, speaks (several movements of the head,
the mouth, the eyelids), movements of the two arms. The two panels of a
folding screen unveil an advertising (here a reproduction of a Phalibois
advertising), a battery lighting system (now replaced by a plug) lights
up this advertising. At the end of this performance, the ground opens and
a groom appears, showing also an advertising. This large scale automaton
is conceived to be viewed from over it, to allow the reading of advertisings.
Exceptional mechanism with 12 wooden cams, composition heads and hands
(remade patina). Fine 4 tunes musical movement. In very fine original condition
(this automaton has been overhauled and cleaned, clothes has been extensively
changed). Height 1m. - Base 71x54 cm.
Nº 553: LAMBERT "Polichinelle joueur de cymbales" (A punchinello
playing cymbals) In fine original condition with its red and yellow jingle
bells silk clothes. Two movements : the head rotates and also the arms.
Closed mouth Jumeau bisque head, chestnut eyes, taille "1" stamped in red,
bisque hands. One tune musical movement with the tune sheet : "En revenant
de la Revue". (A small adjusting of the movements is advisable). Height
Nº 554: LAMBERT "petite fille à la cage à oiseau"
ou "Bébé cage" (a little girl with a bird cage) Closed
mouth Jumeau head, taille 4 (accident to the bisque shoulders), chestnut
eyes, bisque hands. Four movements : two for the head, one for the right
hand which shows the cage, and one for the bird in the cage (small necessary
adjustment). Otherwise, fine original condition of the clothes and of the
wig (some dust and fading). Key"L B". One tune musical movement. Reproduced
page 173 in the "Golden Age of Automata" by Chr. Bailly. N° 40 in the
catalogue of the Maison Lambert. Height 49 cm.
Nº 555: "Funambule et deux musiciens" (a tightrope walker and
two musicians) A peculiarly appreciated automaton in Napoléon
the IIId era (ca 1850/70). These automata are often assigned to Phalibois,
but this one has 7 cams in brass and not in wood as does traditionally
Phalibois. Fine original condition, the tightrope walker has a wooden head,
and the two female musicians have modeled bisque heads. 7 movements. Accidents
to the dial of the clock (balance rod missing). Under a glass dome painted
in imitation of marble. Height 65 cm - Width 49 cm.
Nº 556: ROULLET DECAMPS "Berger Watteau" (A shepherd in
the style of the painter Watteau) A rare automaton from the Roullet period,
ca 1875/1880. Fine staff head with a malicious look, movements of the eyes
rotating from right to left, and of the eyebrows and the lips. He rises
his flute with his lead hands. Rich clothes in the XVIIIth style, alas
very worn. Mechanism and musical movement inside the body. Reproduced p.
124 of "The Golden Age of Automata", by Chr. Bailly. Réf. 255 in
the catalogue of the Maison Roullet Decamps. Height 64 cm.
Nº 557: A large gilt metal cage with two singing birds,
on a round base stamped with bunches of leaves. One bird, perched, answers
the other on the ground. Good general condition. Mid XIXth c. Height 54
Nº 558: "Singe escamoteur" (A magician monkey) Automaton
from the end of the XIXth c. featuring a magician monkey, standing behind
his table. He holds a tumble in each hand, and makes appear and disappear
various items (5 changes). 7 wooden cams in the way of Phalibois, cardboard
head with movements of the jaws and the eyes. Velvet covered base. Height
62 cm - 32x32 cm.
Nº 559: ROULLET DECAMPS "le mexicain fumeur" (A smoking
Mexican) A very fine bisque Jumeau Negroid type head, stamped "Déposé
Tête Jumeau n° 7 Bvté SGDG", open mouth, fine green-grey
paperweight eyes. He smokes through a cigarette holder he holds in his
right hand. Mechanism, musical movement and smoking bellows inside the
body. Fine clothes (restored). Ca 1890. Height 64 cm.
Nº 560: DECAMPS "clown jonglant avec une échelle"
(A clown juggling on a ladder) An entertaining theme : a character with
his trunk rotating, holds in equilibrium a ladder on his nose. Composition
head and hands. Base with musical movement and coin operation (not functional).
The base fabric and a part of the clothes have been remade. Total height
88 cm - Base 17 cm - Character 40 cm.
Nº 561: A fine seaside scenery : an automaton picture in a very large gilt stucco frame. This picture belonged to the Charliat collection and is described and reproduced in "Les automates" by Chapuis", 1947 edition, page 160 sq. as follows :
"Here is now a picture by X. Tharin, in Paris,
ca 1840. It is (fig. 159) a painting ca 30 cm x 20 cm, so rather small,
in a monumental frame, in a rather mixed style, in which is inscribed a
clock with hour striking.
On the reverse is stuck a label "Tempier 23 Bld des Italiens" (perhaps
the reseller ?). 2 tunes snuffbox type musical movement, good sound. Height
85 cm - Width 75 cm - Depth 20 cm.
Nº 562: Jacques Bruguier, a good singing bird box Perhaps
for the Russian market. In a brown leather casket, with red velvet inside.
13 cm. Fine rounded sided finely engraved and decorated silver box, with
an enameled landscape of a lake and mountains on the lid (small restorations),
and, on the rear, a compartment with a "drunken man key" (a ratchet makes
it impossible to wind it the wrong way), with a paper with some handwritten
inscriptions in Russian. 10x6,5 cm height 3,5 cm. Fusee driven movement,
signed under the mechanism Jacques Bruguier in handwriting. Fine song on
7 cams. The bird rotates, and moves its tail, wings and beak. Mid XIXth
c. Very good general condition (restorations, especially to the bird, the
bellows and the key).
Lots 565-580 : a rare collection of old illustrator (or artist type), or photo type postcards about the barrel organ, in various surroundings.
Nº 565: More than 60 postcards depicting contemporary barrel
Nº 566: Ca 300 contemporary cards about the barrel organ and
mechanical music. Many reproductions from the collections of the main
French and foreign museums, classified with care : automata, organs, musical
Nº 567: A very fine collection of more than 100 small old prints
and chromolithographs about the barrel organ. With many rarities and variations.
Most are in excellent condition.
Nº 568: Ca 15 rare old postcards about the barrel organ,
of the photo type. With some variations. Amidst them : Bordeaux pittoresque,
Petits métiers parisiens, Toulouse, Barcelone.
Nº 569: Ca 73 old illustrator's type postcards about the
barrel organ. With children, mostly in streets in various countries: Egypt,
Italy, England, etc.
Nº 570: Fairground scenes in Germany A very rare collection
of nearly 200 old postcards (3 are very large) by illustrators, with many
variations, depicting crowds enjoying themselves in fairs, with barrel
organs, carrousels, swings, great wheels, large fairground organs, phonographs,
etc. Several attractions with animals (amidst them bear, elephant, camel,
etc.). A very colourful, living and festive collection, with an extraordinary
accumulation of characters and details. A few modern reproductions by Schuhknecht
are added to this lot.
Nº 571: Animals. More than 150 old cards featuring various
animals with barrel organs : dogs, cats, pigs, beetles, frogs, birds, chickens,
rabbits ... Several with many variations.
Nº 572: More than 80 old illustrator type postcards about
the barrel organ. With children, most of them in near view and in a family
context. Some modern cards and reproductions are added to this lot.
Nº 573: Ca 51 old postcards, illustrator type or photo type
about the barrel organ. Amidst them : Montmartre, Czech, Roumania ...
Nº 574: Near 60 fine postcards on barrel organ or street
piano, most photo type, various countries.
Nº 575: Russia and varia. Ca 64 old postcards about the
barrel organ, many photo-type, we add some modern cards.
Nº 576: Political and military caricatures. Ca 25 illustrator
types old postcards (France, Germany, Russia, etc.) with barrel organs,
referring to various celebrities or political or military events around
Nº 577: Pierrots. Eight rare photo type postcards featuring
Pierrots with barrel organs (amidst them 7 variations).
Nº 578: Monkeys. A very important and rare collection of
ca 80 old postcards depicting monkeys with a barrel organ.
Nº 579: Ca 48 old postcards with barrel organs, some with
tiger, bear, etc. and a few modern cards.
Nº 580: Ca 39 old illustrator or photo type postcards about
the barrel organ. We add a few modern reproductions.
Nº 581: A curious cigar cutter statuette of a barrel organ player.
In metal, on a wooden elliptic stand, height 21 cm.
Nº 582: A small musical chalet, 16 cm. With a one tune Thorens
movement (La vie en rose). End of the XXth c.
Nº 583: A rare musical tea-pot. China with flower decoration.
Height 17 cm. One tune. End of XXth c. Good condition.
Nº 584: A musical photo album Chestnut colored binding.
Small 2 tunes movement. Ca 1900. Good condition.
Nº 585: "The British Army Album", a musical photo album
Fine binding (some wear). Fine illustrated album, with old photos. Good
4 tunes snuffbox type movement. Signed GM & C (?). Made in France.
Good sound, good general condition. Ca 1900.
Nº 586: "The speaking toybook" a rare small album with 6
animal noises Rare in this small half size of the more common album (See
No 524 in this auction). 23x19 cm, Faded cover, binding needs reglueing,
but inside and noises are in good condition. Ca 1900.
Nº 587: "The Balmoral album" A musical photo album With
a 4 tunes snuffbox type movement, running somewhat lazily. Ca 1900. Good
Nº 588: A modern 6 tunes Thorens musical box. Fine case
21 cm. 41 teeth. Excellent condition. (Mozart, Schubert, Aida, etc.).
Nº 589: A small Thorens musical box, using 11,5 cm discs
Modern case (19 cm) and movement. 30 teeth. With 11 discs. Good condition.
Nº 590: A fine musical "marotte" Bone holding stick which
includes a whistle. Bisque head Armand Marseille. Long. 35 cm. Ca 1900.
Nº 591: A fine musical sewing necessaire in the shape of
a mahogany miniature square piano, 30x18 cm, height with the lion's paws
shaped feet 19 cm. Small gilt decorative plates on the front. The inside
accessories are almost all there (a pair of scissors not original). Ca
1840. The original two tunes movement has been replaced by a finely noted
three tunes old snuffbox type movement from the XIXth c.
Nº 592: A singing bird box Metal case, gilt and engraved
with two birds on the lid. 11 cm, perhaps by Griesbaum. Fine singing bird
which rotates and moves beak, tail and wings. Key sculpted as a bird. Good
singing. Mid XXth c.
Nº 593: A fine Serinette, 8 tunes, 10 keys Classical walnut
case, 27 cm. Inverted C shaped handle. Handwritten tune sheet (small wear).
Restorations (Royer in Paris). In good playing and presentation condition,
fine notation. End of the XVIIIth. c.
Nº 594: The Mechanical Orguinette, New York, 14 keys. Small
American organette, produced by a firm later associated with Aeolian and
Pianola (Details in McElhone, The organette book, p 163, published by the
MBSGB). Wooden case with transfer decorations 31x24 cm., height 25 cm,
with expression shutter on the lid. Operating instructions inside. End
of the XIXth c. Restorations to the bellows. In good working and presentation
condition. With 4 perforated paper rolls.
Nº 595: A fine 19 keys 3 stops French parlour organ Mahogany
case in Empire style (beginning of XIXth c.), with small restorations.
A full column with base and top decorated with ormulu ornaments stands
on each side of the front. Fine C shaped handle. On the reverse of the
front, handwritten tune sheet for three cylinders with 10 tunes each and
a fourth cylinder with two tunes. Galops, waltzes, dances, etc. and excerpts
of the opera Les Puritains, by Bellini (1835). Actually only one 43 cm
cylinder is there. 19 keys on 3 stops at will. Metal pipes, some open,
some stopped. Restored bellows. A card shows : restored by "Rolin Thomasson,
facteur d'orgues à Mirecourt". Ca 1840/1850. (A small part of the
rear panel is missing). In very good presentation and working order.
Nº 596: An exceptional and very rare picture clock with angelus,
carillon and three good musical movements Gilt wood frame with rounded
corners, 105x126 cm. Naïve painting (later, signed CA ?) 75x100 cm,
with a river, mountains, characters amidst them a barrel organ player.
Inside, period commercial cards of Piefort, and Wurtel on the card of the
6 mandolinated tunes. Four good clockwork movements on rectangular bedplates
: a pendulum clock striking the hours and half hours on one gong, echo
one gong, Angelus on 2 gongs, starting finally a 4 gongs carillon imitating
a peal of bells with final slowing. Three good musical movements, key-wound
from the outside, and started either from the clock, either from an outside
pulling cord. One with 6 classical very well noted tunes, without tune
sheet, 39 cm cylinder, diam. ca 70 mm ; another movement placed under the
first one with 6 tunes with mandolin effect (Wurtel tune sheet), 34,5 cylinder,
diam. ca 60 mm ; and under this last one another third movement with four
religious tunes (probably by L'Epée), with tune sheet. All these
mechanisms are in excellent condition of presentation, and in working order
(a few minor necessary adjustments), with excellent notation and musicality.
Nº 597: A very fine organ clock, probably Viennese Varnished
mahogany cases. The case housing the organ measures 58x40x64 cm, on lion
paws feet, with ormulu decorations on the front and the sides, with ormulu
pine cones on top in the four angles. Large openings, oval in the front
and round on the sides, covered with green silk to allow the diffusion
of the sound. On this base and on successive steps is placed the housing
of the clock 36x26 cm, height. 37 cm with an ormulu pine cone at the top.
Total height of base and clock : ca 101 cm. White enameled dial showing
the hours, minutes and date. The clockwork strikes the hours, half hours
and quarters on two bells, automatically or on request. We did not detect
the link between the clock and the organ, but perhaps it is hidden inside
the clock that we did not dismantle. Right now, the organ is started by
a manual pull cord. Fine organ 45x26 cm, height. 33 cm, with catgut fusée
movement, 8 tunes, 22 keys on two stops at will, on square sectional wooden
pipes, 3/4 being open, and 1/4 stopped. Brass movement and keyframe. 30
cm cylinder. Beginning of the XIXth c. Very fine general condition (airtightness
of the blowers need attention).
Nº 598: LF Nardin : a very rare and fine fusee driven musical
movement, with 61 teeth screwed one by one, in a clock base. Oval blackened
varnished wood clock base on round feet. 41x20x11 cm. 3 levers on the right.
Rectangular movement bedplate, ca 24x10,5 cm, Stamped LF Nardin and 61.
15.7 cm cylinder of 15.7 cm, diam. ca 3 cm. Three very well noted tune,
fine sound. Ca 1820. A. Ord-Hume, in his book "Musical Boxes", mentions
that only two movements (including this one ?) are known by this maker,
Léonard-Frédéric Nardin (Le Locle). They are both
Nº 599: A clock base with a beautiful 4 tunes movement, teeth
by groups of two Mahogany oval base on round feet 37x25x8 cm, with
a glass pane as lid. 3 external levers. Inside, a label of the English
reseller and restorer "Keith Harding". Very fine and early movement, 16,5
cm cylinder playing on 36 groups of two teeth each. Very beautiful notation,
playing and sound typical of early movements (first tune : Mozart ?). In
very fine condition. Ca 1825/30.
Nº 600: An exceptional and very rare musical clock base with
a very fine V shaped movement, with teeth screwed one by one or by
groups of two Rectangular base on feet, in mahogany richly decorated with
ormulu. A side door gives access to the winding and three levers. 40x24,
Height 10 cm. The movement is suspended under the lid (rare). 15 cm cylinder,
diam. ca 3,5 cm, playing 3 tunes. V shaped comb with 77 teeth : at one
end, 5 bass teeth screwed one by one. Then 33 groups of 2. At the other
end, 6 bass teeth one by one. (Two groups of two have been repaired). Very
beautiful notation, playing and sound, in excellent condition. Ca 1815-1820.
(Origin : "Boquet" auction, Drouot-Delorme 14 november 1980, No 227).
Nº 601: An exceptional and spectacular parlour organ, said "by Laprevotte", with 7 cylinders, 5 stops and 32 keys Very fine piece of furniture in the shape of a large desk, Louis XVIth style, with 4 mock drawers in the lower part, which houses 6 cylinders which can be taken out through a side left door. Width 1,13, depth 0,57, height 1,43 m. Veneered in two colors fruitwood. Fine handle in inverted C shape.
The upper sloped lid presents inside : in the center a painting depicting three cherubs eating grapes and drinking wine in a countryside scenery, and on each side the beautifully handwritten listing of the tunes for eight 91 cm cylinders (one missing). The middle desk flap features an inlay checkerboard. Inside, 5 stops at will of 32 metal pipes each (opened, but stopped for the bass notes). Very fine wooden keyframe inlaid with brass. The black keys are heightened with mother of pearl. The bellows (in brown leather, restored) are hidden by a blue canvas painted with flowers, which answers to the blue painting inside the organ.
The tunes (ouverture du Calife de Bagdad, 1800) give for this organ a building date of the very beginning of the XIXth c., even if one or two cylinders may have been renoted later. The cylinders, in good condition (very small cracks on some) are inscribed in handwriting : "Laprévotte, facteur d'orgues et de serinettes à Rouvres ? près de Mirecourt, dépt des Vosges". We do not know if Laprevotte made or only restored or resold this instrument.
This organ, its history and the story of its good restoration, are described
by the owner Claude Marchal, founder of the AAIMM, the French collector's
association, in the AAIMM journal, 2e semestre 1977, page 126, where a
listing of the tunes may also be found. To find again the original registration
and replace damaged pipes, 88 (on 160) have been rebuilt in the 1970's.
The whole instrument is nevertheless exceptional thanks to its presentation,
quality, choice of tunes and playing.
Nº 602: A fine bulldog in pressed cardboard, with removable
head and chain transmission which opens its mouth and provokes a bark.
Nº 603: A cylinder, handle operated harmonium Attributed
to Busson. Fine varnished walnut case, decorated in the lower part with
small blackened wood columns. Ca 55x37 cm. Height 82 cm. On each side,
a petrol lamp. 42 keys, one stop lever. Can also be played manually. With
a second cylinder in its case and a tune sheet. Bellows restored. Good
general condition, but some small restorations and adjustments need to
be completed (ivory of the keys). Rare. End of the XIXth. c.
Nº 604: A fine musical clock on a base housing a very rare movement
with teeth screwed one by one. An ormulu clock featuring an angel with
a quiver, a lyre and a jug, striking the hours and half hours, and starting
the music on the hour. Height 50 cm. On a plain mahogany base with rounded
feet and rounded corners on the front. 42x20,5 cm., height. 10,5 cm. Three
(remade) levers on the front. Inside (re-housed ?), a very fine and rare
musical movement. 4 tunes on a 17,8 cm cylinder, diam. ca 3,5 cm. Comb
with 66 teeth screwed one by one. Ca 1815. Fine notation and typical sound
of early movements. The clock dates also from the beginning of the XIXth
Nº 605: A good Black Forest organ clock To be put on a wall
socket (present). External case with mahogany borders framing two painted
scenes (mountain, river, hunters). The lower one includes the dial. Wooden
movement 55x33 cm. Height. 78 cm. 42,5 cylinder 42,5 cm playing 8 tunes
on 29 keys, on two stops of square sectional wooden pipes (some open, some
stopped). Weight driven, with bell. XIXth. c. In working order.
Nº 606: "Malignon à Genève", a curious musical
2 tunes miniature sculpture depicting musical instruments. Brass fantasy
composition with several instruments (violin, cello, flute, scores), with
in front a plate "Malignon à Genève". Height 15 cm. In the
base, a fine snuffbox like movement (unhooked spring). Mid XIXth c.
Nº 607: Martinet et Benoît, an excellent and rare three
tunes musical snuffbox Composition and tortoiseshell case, long. 10,3
cm, in its original transportation case (rare), with handwritten mention
of the titles of the tunes (Barbier de Séville, Dame Blanche, Who
tells a flattering tale ?). Excellent condition of presentation, playing,
musicality and sound. Ca 1850.
Nº 608: F. Lecoultre, a very fine and rare 2 tunes musical snuffbox
Tortoiseshell box with a small rectangular brass inlay on the lid, 9 cm.
One piece comb stamped F. Lecoultre. Very small crack in the fore left
angle, the tune changing knob needs adjusting, otherwise excellent condition
of presentation, playing, musicality and sound. One of the tunes is a variation
on "Au clair de la lune", extract from the opera by Boeildieu "les voitures
versées". Ca 1825/1830.
Nº 609: Nicole Frères No 17181, a keywound 6 tunes musical
box Simple case, 40 cm, three external levers. Tune sheet (quadrilles,
galops). "Nicole Frères à Genève" stamped on the bedplate,
and "F Nicole" on the comb. 26,5 cm cylinder. Ca 1838 (cf. Bulleid, "Tune
sheets"). Excellent notation, playing and sound. Very fine condition.
Nº 610: A rare vertical Ariston organette Case with gilt
lines decoration 43x28 cm. Height 47 cm (rear side unglued). 24 keys, with
twenty 33 cm cardboard discs. End of the XIXth c. In working order, but
Nº 611: An excellent 8 tunes cylinder barrel organ Traditional
front with boxwood stringing decoration and 3 arches filled with fabric
to let the sound go out. Transportation belt. 51x31 cm Height 56 cm. Tune
sheet (Czech ?). Marches, Lied, waltzes. 26 keys. Square section wooden
pipes, some open, some stopped, with several bass pipes under the organ.
Restored bellows. In very good condition of presentation and playing. Perhaps
Czech, end of the XIXth c.
Nº 612: A two tunes musical sewing necessaire In a curved
shaped case with a handle, with brass decorations and hoof-like feet. 19
cm. Some small missing or damaged parts in the sewing implements. Fine
snuffbox like movement, 6,3 cm cylinder on 70 teeth (16 groups of 4 and
one group of 6). Lazy spring. Fine musicality. Ca 1835/40.
Nº 613: Seraphone, a 20 keys organette Case with transfer
decoration, 43 cm, excellent condition. Restored bellows. Ca 1900. With
6 paper rolls, amidst them "La Marche du Musée Scout".
Nº 614: A fine musical decanter Height 25 cm, with stopper.
2 rather long fine tunes. Ca 1900, good condition.
Nº 615: "QRS Playasax", a small 20 notes automatic instrument
Metal made, 29 cm. 1930's. Good condition. With one paper roll.
Nº 616: A two tunes musical decanter Height 28 cm with the
stopper. Good two long tunes movement, by Ami Rivenc à Genève,
of which Le Beau Danube Bleu. Handwritten tune sheet. Good condition, ca
Nº 617: A fine musical liquor and cigars tantalus box. Mahogany
with brass decoration. 22x23x18 cm. With one decanter and four glasses,
and for 19 cigars. Small one tune Reuge movement. Small accidents. Mid
Nº 618: A musical photo album 21,5x6x28 cm. With gilt decoration,
2 tunes movement, 50 teeth.
Nº 619: A musical photo album 21,5x6x27 cm. New leather.
One tune 29 teeth movement.
Nº 620: A musical 6 shutters cigar dispenser Height 31 cm.
Round base. Curious characterized figures inlaid in the doors. Ca 1900,
but later 2 tunes movement.
Nº 621: Thorens, a small two tunes musical box Rectangular
case (12 cm) with transfer decoration of flowers (half erased). 2 tunes
on a 4 cm cylinder housing the spring. Good mechanical condition. First
half of the XXth. c. Lazy to start.
Nº 622: A rare musical tile depicting the Eiffel Tower and the
1889 Exhibition. With a service bell. 2 tunes, good condition. End
of the XIXth c.
Nº 623: A small 4 tunes musical box Rectangular case with
domed lid painted with a landscape. 12,5 cm. Snuffbox type movement with
handwritten tune sheet. Good condition (some damper noises). Ca 1900.
Nº 624: A small two tunes manivelle musical box Case 10,5
cm with a chromolithograph of two swans on top, and of a barrel organ player
under. Fat 4 cm cylinder (diam. 3,5 cm). 2 tunes per turn. Ca 1900.
Nº 625: A photo album without music. Ca 1900. Good condition.
Nº 626: Reuge. A cage with two singing birds and alarm clock
Works with batteries or on mains. The mechanism needs attention.
Nº 627: A clown headed musical "marotte". In fabric, on
a wooden holding stick. Good movement. End of the XXth c.
Automata (2d Part)
Nº 630: ROULLET DECAMPS A rare mechanical toy depicting a dog
coming out of its wicker kennel to bark. Pressed cardboard dog, opening
its mouth. With a copper plate : "Breveté S.G.D.G. Déposé"
and the label of the shop in Bordeaux "Vilate Lepage Cours de l'Intendance".
Réf. 194 in the catalogue Roullet Decamps. Height 29 cm - L. 29
Nº 631: DECAMPS "Little Tich" A rare and entertaining mechanical
toy depicting this clown, famous at the beginning of the XXth c. Same
mechanism as in walking and swaying dolls. Ca 1920. Height 30 cm.
Nº 632: DECAMPS A rare rhinoceros covered with gray suede.
It walks, swaying from right to left. Very realistic reproduction. Length
Nº 633: DECAMPS "Ours polaire marcheur" (A walking polar bear)
Large and fine animal covered with white fur, it walks while swaying. Rare
in this condition and size. Length 43 cm.
Nº 634: DECAMPS "garçon sautant sur sa canne" (a boy
jumping over his cane) A charming mechanical toy with Unis France bisque
head. The child is clothed in the 1900 style. Height 24 cm.
Nº 635: DECAMPS "canard sortant d'un oeuf en chocolat" (A duck
coming out of a chocolate egg) An amusing mechanical toy : a duck comes
out of the egg, turns on itself, opens its beak and flaps its wings. With
music. Height : between 23 and 27 cm.
Nº 636: DECAMPS A wooden and composition mechanical tortoise
(in bad condition).
Nº 637: A rare sand driven automaton from the beginning of the
XIXth c. It depicts a convent, in paper and painted cardboard, with
animation of three monks: one is reading at the foot of the porch of the
church ; another one turns the handle above the well ; a third one rings
the (real) bell. Dated : "Anno 1816". Under a glass cage with very later
adaptation of an electrical lighting (low tension). The sand is filled
at the top, and a lateral pull lets it drop on the side to move the various
actions. The sand falls in a drawer in the lower part. Some usual restorations.
Height 49 cm - L. 34x25 cm
Nº 638: Gustave VICHY "femme jouant de la guitare" (A woman
playing a guitar) A rare automaton toy, ca 1875, with a fine pressed
bisque head of a Parisian woman, with blue enameled eyes. Movements of
the head and the right arm. Original clothes, alas very worn. Height 35
cm. Under a glass dome. Reproduced page 101 in "The Golden Age of Automata",
by Chr. Bailly.
Nº 639: LAMBERT "bébé nid" (a young woman with
a bird in a nest) A classical automata in a rare good original condition.
The young woman raises the lid of a basket, a bird appears and flaps its
wings (4 movements). Green satin costume with laces. Closed mouth Jumeau
head taille 4 stamped in red, chestnut paperweight eyes, fair mohair wig.
Base housing a one tune musical movement, with tune sheet "Aimer, chanter
et boire". Ca 1890, n° 34 of the catalogue of the Maison Lambert. Height
Nº 640: Gustave VICHY "Couple de danseurs à musique"
(A couple of musical dancers) An automaton in a rare good original
condition. The two characters are clothed in the style of Marquis and Marquises
in the XVIIIth c. They stand on a round metal base painted in blue, with
a copper plate : "G. Vichy Fils Paris", with tune sheet of the 2 musical
tunes : Quadrille et Valse. The heads are assigned to Gaultier, the man's
hands in lead, those of the woman in bisque. Ca 1870/1880. Height 33 cm.
Nº 641: ROULLET DECAMPS "clown équilibriste sur épaules"
(two clowns performing as equilibrists) (called "clown deux sujets"
in the catalogue of the maison Decamps n° 363): "Clown(s) two men
with very rich satin costumes. 2 tunes musical movement. Movements of the
head. One clown is heaving himself with the strength of his arms, frees
his left hand as pictured on the drawing, while the clown supporting him
rises his head and looks at him. Then the upper clown puts his left hand
in the other clown's hand and let himself down to come to rest." Height
1,05m - When rising : Height 1,17m, including base. This automaton stayed
uncompleted in the reserves of the maison Decamps. It is in perfect original
condition regarding the mechanism, the bodies and the music. Clothes and
heads have been completed about 20 years ago. It is a variation of a similar
model pictured in the "Golden Age of Automata", by Chr. Bailly, page 134.
Nº 642: DECAMPS "garde champêtre jouant du tambour" (A
rural constable playing a drum) A fine and large electrical automaton
in the tradition of older mechanical drum players. Very beautiful character
clothed in the revolutionary style, pressed cardboard head with many movements
: to right or left, from up to down, mouth, eyelids and the famous drum
rolls. Base with a copper plate : "Automates Decamps Paris 10 rue du Parc
Royal." Height 1,02m. Feet (height 18 cm) have been added to the base,
giving a total height of 1,20m (110 volts converted to 220 volts).
Nº 643: DECAMPS "le déjeuner du chat par bébé"
(A young woman feeds the cat its lunch) While standing, the young woman
holds her cat under her left arm and feeds it with a spoon. Fine movements
of the closed mouth bisque head, stamped in red, taille 9 with straight
shoulders and blue paperweight eyes. While eating, the cat opens its mouth,
moves its tail and purrs with contentment. Mechanism and musical movement
inside the body (restorations to the clothes). End of the XIXth c. Height
62 cm (without the hat). N° 324 of the catalogue of the maison Decamps.
Nº 644: DECAMPS "mexicain joueur de mandoline" (A Mexican boy
playing a mandolin) A fine automaton from the end of the XIXth c.,
réf. 190 of the catalogue of the maison Roullet Decamps. Rich red
and green silk costume in fine condition (some usual wear), wooden hands
(composition head, probably not original). Fine movements of the head which
looks from left to right and bows. Mechanism and musical movement inside
the body. Height 78 cm.
Nº 645: An exceptional ormulu clock with an acrobat and musicians.
France, mid XIXth c. Clock with ormulu columns (in very fine condition),
with three composition characters, wood and lead, in oriental costumes.
The acrobat rotates around a fixed rod, the musicians play trumpets and
a drum. On a black wooden base housing the musical movement and the mechanism.
Height 65 cm.
Nº 646: "les singes musiciens" (The musician monkeys) A
fine animated picture depicting three monkeys : two violin players and
a singer, color engraving from a painting by Decamps (1844). Animations
as silhouettes : heads, arms, feet (9 movements), working with wooden pulleys
through pulling a cord. Important musical movement by Nicole à Genève,
4 tunes, 19,5 cm cylinder. Clock dial and bedplate are signed H. M. Walton
à Paris, thread escapement. Fine gilt stucco frame. France, beginning
of the XIXth c. Height 58 cm - Width 70 cm.
Nº 647: DECAMPS "la Loïe Fuller et la lune" (The Loë
Fuller dancer and the moon) A rare version of the clown with the moon.
It shows this famous female dancer of 1900 charming the moon. With No 321
of the catalogue of the Maison Roullet Decamps, where it is so described
: "A piece with many movements, rich clothing, moving fabric". With
a musical movement. This automaton has been completely checked and restored,
especially for the paintings and the cardboard moon. "While the Loë
Fuller dances and rotates with a swinging movement, the moon shows its
tongue and moves its eye". End of the XIXth c. Length 53 cm.
Nº 648: Jésus de crèche animée sous globe.
(An animated crib) Wax statuette of Jesus with movements of his arms
and eyes. Fine condition in his straw crib, under a glass dome. Black wooden
base housing the pulling mechanism for the automaton and the music : "Venite
adoremus" Ca 1880. Height 44 cm - Length 46 cm.
Nº 649: JAF. Automate électrique "le chasseur de chez
Maxim's'" (Maxim's groom). 6 cams on one block, two movements of the
arms. Revised and converted to 220 volt by Mr Boaretto. Comes from the
famous Parisian restaurant. This automaton was transferred during the war
to Jersay, where it was auctioned in 1962. Ca 1925, beginnings of JAF.
Nº 650: LAMBERT "A Spahi" While standing, this soldier sings
and plays a guitar. He looks at the audience, open his mouth, rotates his
head and moves his eyelids. Movement of the left arm which plays the chords,
and of the right hand which plays on the strings. Fine composition head
and hands, base with 2 tunes musical movement, and tune sheet : "la mascotte"
and "Carmen". Key "L B". End of the XIXth c. Height 63 cm.
Nº 651: PHALIBOIS , "femme à la psyché", ou "Hortense
Schneider" A large advertising automaton for the powders "Nivosime",
ca 1910. Many fine movements: while standing in front of her mirror, the
woman hesitates, rotates, looks at herself and powders her face (many fine
movements of her head and hands). At the end, she comes back in front of
the audience and breathes, happy to have succeeded in her make-up (movement
of the lids). This automaton was lent later by the Maison Decamps, to the
Maison Lanvin, avenue de l'Opéra, for the celebration of the hundred
years (1933) of the birth of the famous female singer Hortense Schneider.
The Maison Lanvin clothed this automaton as it is presented to you today.
A similar model stands in the Souillac Museum (see "The Golden Age of Automata",
by Chr. BAILLY, page 168). In a transportation crate of the Maison Decamps,
designed for exhibitions in Japan where this automaton was shown (Gustave
Decamps having bought the Maison Phalibois in 1925). Provenance: Collection
Decamps. Height 1,02m - 65x45 cm (to be compared to the automaton sold
as No 552)
Nº 652: DECAMPS "la ballerine" (a female dancer) On tip
toe, she rotates with a movement of the left leg, swinging of the arms
and movements of her head. Open mouth Jumeau head, bisque shoulders and
hands. Partly old clothes. Independent musical movement. Beginning of the
XXth c. Height 52 cm.
Nº 653: LAMBERT "bébé surprise" The young
smiling woman rises the lid of the cabbage basket put in front of her,
and discloses a bisque baby which bows from right to left. Rare molded
bisque Jumeau character head, "907" overstamped in red "Déposé
Tête Jumeau" (alas, damaged and reglued in several places without
damaging the face, but there is a lack of bisque over the left ear). Red
recovered base with musical movement, partly old clothes, fine bisque hands.
Ca 1810. Height 53 cm.
Nº 654: LAMBERT "bébé à l'éventail
et au bouquet de fleurs" (a woman with a fan and a bunch of flowers)
A classical automaton by this maker, depicting a woman breathing a bunch
of flowers she holds in her left hand, and fanning herself with her right
hand. Closed mouthed bisque Jumeau head, stamped in red, taille 4, blue
paperweight eyes, bisque hands. In fine original condition with wig and
hat, complete silk clothes with laces, but faded colors. Base with a musical
movement, with tune sheet "le bi du bout du banc". Height 52 cm.
Nº 655: LAMBERT "clown joueur de guitare" (A clown playing
a guitar) Seating on its chair, he looks at the audience, shows his tongue,
plays its guitar while leaning forward and crossing his legs. Key "L B".
As found (one hand missing), original costume (some dust). One tune musical
movement : "sur le Boul'Mich". N° 49 of the catalogue Lambert. Ca 1890.
Height 56 cm.
Nº 656: A three dimensional animated picture A fine diorama
showing a mountain lake on which a boat is pitching. In the fore part a
train runs, in the bottom part a balloon rises, on the left, the wings
of a mill rotate. Metal sheet, cardboard and painted wood. In fine original
condition, excepted that the original key-wind mechanism has been replaced
by two small electric motors, but the pulleys transmissions have been kept.
Nº 657: ROULLET DECAMPS "la tricoteuse" (A woman knitting)
This young woman is seated on a gilt wooden armchair, bamboo style. Movements
of the head up and down (closed mouth Jumeau head), and of both hands.
Mechanism and musical movement inside the body, remade clothes. End of
the XIXth c. Height 42 cm.
Nº 658: DECAMPS "jeune garçon joueur de toupie" (a young
boy playing with a top) A charming automaton from the beginning of
the XXth c., German bisque head, bisque hands. With musical movement, restored
clothes, otherwise good condition. Height 48 cm.
Nº 659: BONTEMS A large cage with one perched singing bird.
It moves its head, its beak and its tail. Good general condition. Regilt
wooden octagonal base. Beginning of the XXth c. Height 53 cm.
Nº 660: LAMBERT "ballerine" (a female dancer) An automaton
in perfect working condition, with its 2 tunes musical movement (tune sheet).
Key "L B". Needs reclothing. Fine bisque head (parts broken but repaired),
fine bisque hands. Height 58 cm.
Nº 661: "singe violoniste sur orgue" (A violonist monkey on
an organ) Traditionally assigned to Thibouville Lamy and Mirecourt.
Handle, 16 keys reed organ. The character is in good original condition,
but the whole mechanism (automaton and organ) needs extensive adjustments.
Ca 1880. Height 56 cm - Width 36 cm.
Nº 662: DECAMPS "petite fille aux bulles de savon" (a young
girl with soap bubbles) A charming automaton from the beginning of
the XXth c. Movements of the head and the right arm, with pumping mechanism
(needs revision), and musical movement in the base. Original clothes (dust),
open mouth original bisque Simon & Halbig head (added wig). Height
Nº 663: An electrical advertising automaton for the children's
fabrics "Solidor : Le tissé main de qualité". On a theater
stage, two celluloid young girls are swinging. Modeled hair with knots
(Germany, clover stamp). Movement of the letter "S" of Solidor. 110 volts,
we didn't try it. Made by the "établissements E. Absalon", ca 1950/1960.
Height 45 cm - L 28x47 cm.
Nº 664: A small cage with three birds with movement of tails
and beaks. They sing in turn. Round gilt metal cage. Foreign maker,
ca 1960/70. Height 33 cm.
Nº 665: A small cage with three birds with movement of tails
and beaks. They sing in turn. Round gilt metal cage. Foreign maker,
ca 1960/70. Height 33 cm (Needs some adjustment).
Nº 666: "le pêcheur à la ligne" (an angler) An
electrical automaton inspired by a similar one by Vichy. Reclining
upon a tree trunk on the bank of a pool, he holds its fishing rod while
reading. Two red fish hesitate to eat the bait. Independent musical movement
(220 volts, in working order). Height 43 cm - L 40x25 cm.
Nº 667: "les joueurs de Poker" (The poker players) An electrical
automaton with two fine characters, with wooden heads and limbs, seated
on straw chairs around a table. Movements with 5 pulls for one of them,
and 3 for the other one. Mid XXth c. (220 volts, in working order). Height
51 cm - L 54x32 cm.
Nº 668: "femme se parfumant" (A lady using scent on herself)
An electrical automaton, in the style of the XIXth c. Lambert automata.
Bisque head and hands, ca 1960. (220 volts, with independent musical movement).
Height 48 cm.
Nº 669: DECAMPS "danseuse de carmagnole" (A female revolutionary
dancer) A musical toy made for the bicentennial of the French Revolution.
The rectangular base features the Bastille castle, with a Gisèle
type dancing doll, clothed in a revolutionary fashion. Music : "la carmagnole".
Height 22 cm.
Nº 670: DECAMPS "l'arbre de la liberté" (The liberty
tree) A musical toy made for the bicentennial of the French Revolution.
Round base with a musical movement playing "la carmagnole". It evokes the
Bastille castle, with stage and bisque character from the manufacture de
Sèvres. Ex. 5 on 30. Height 24 cm.
Nº 671: DECAMPS "Marquis et Marquise" A musical toy made
for the bicentennial of the French Revolution. Round base with a musical
movement playing "la carmagnole". It evokes the Bastille castle. Used as
a pencil holder, with a couple of characters from the manufacture de Sèvres.
Ex. n° 9 on 30. Height 19 cm.
Mechanical Music (3d part)
Nº 675: "A Savoyard", by Polyphon, a rare and very fine musical
coin operated automaton A fine painted terracotta statue (height 1,26
m) features a young Savoyard in traditional costume (mantel, boots, hat,
very beautiful expression of the face) who turns the handle of a barrel
organ, inside which is housed a 28 cm disc Polyphon musical movement, playing
on two combs of 54 teeth each (108 teeth as a whole), which activates the
arm of the Savoyard, who seems so to turn the handle of the organ. Winding
through a handle in front of the organ. Total dimensions with the base
housing a drawer for 9 other discs : width 56, depth 70, height 1,60 m.
On the front is inscribed : "Automate à musique." Working coin operation
with a coin drawer on the side, and on top of the organ behind the slot
: "Mettez 10 centimes en cuivre". End of the XIXth. c. Very fine condition
of presentation and in working order. (Small adjustments needed : the arm
is lazy, some damper noises. This model is described in the Bowers Encyclopedia
Nº 676: An important and beautiful musical picture clock, featuring
probably Bonaparte at the bridge of Arcole, (A legendary battle on
Nov. 15th, 1796). In a gilt frame 97x124 cm. Painting depicting a revolutionary
battle to conquer a bridge (small restorations to the canvas). Restored
clockwork movement with square bedplate, with hours and half hours striking
and starting of the music on the hour. Independent movement for the Angelus,
at will. Large musical movement (replaced, but from the same period, ca
1860), perhaps by L'Epée, playing 12 tunes (two per turn) with a
fat 29,5 cylinder, diam. 8 cm, in very good condition (excepted some dampers
The whole item is restored and in very good condition, ca 1860/1870.
Nº 677: A rare "fixé sous verre" two tunes musical snuffbox
Small composition case (accidents) 90 mm, with coloured decoration 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 678: A 4 tunes metal musical snuffbox with a representation
of Sainte-Croix Metal case (10,5 cm) transfer-decorated with geometric
designs on the sides, and on the lid with a landscape featuring a village
with mountains in the bottom. "Ste Croix en Suisse" (rare), written on
the forepart of the lid. 4 tunes good musical movement (spring unhooked).
Nº 679: 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 680: H. Rochat, A fine 4 tunes musical movement with teeth
by groups of 5 In a later carved wooden case, Long. 34 cm., with an
old brass plate for the three external levers on the left side. Bedplate
27x9 cm, 20 cm cylinder playing on 20 groups of 5 teeth (one broken treble
tooth, and a score of broken bass tips). Many bent pins in the bass section.
Nevertheless fine playing and sound, it is worth a good restoration. Ca
Nº 681: F. Rzebitschek, Prag, a 3 tunes musical box In its
original opencarved wooden case, with inlay and lion paws feet (the case
is complete but needs restoration), long. 35 cm. Fine keywound movement,
bass teeth on the right, stamped on the comb "F. Rzebitschek Musikwerk
Fabrik in Prag". 13,7 cm cylinder playing 3 classical tunes on 94 teeth.
Ca 1863 (after Bulleid, Tunesheets). Movement in excellent condition, fine
Nº 682: An important 6 tunes "musique expressive" musical box
Very fine canted corners case veneered in exotic wood with decoration of
boxwood stringing and inlays of flowers on the slightly domed lid and on
the front. 61x26x21 cm. Tune sheet with a band : "Maison Wurtel, Paris".
Lever-wind. Fat 33,8 cm cylinder, diam. 85 mm with slow rotation (long
tunes). 118 teeth. Ca 1870. Old restorations (a few replaced teeth and
tips). In excellent condition of presentation and playing.
Nº 683: An 8 tunes L'Epée musical box 46 cm case
with decoration of boxwood stringing and inlay (musical instruments). Tune
sheet (Carmen, Traviata, les Sirènes (valse). 21 cm cylinder with
tune indicator and zither. Good general condition but needs cleaning and
a revision (tune stop, left divider). End of the XIXth c.
Nº 684: Samuel Troll et fils, Genève, a very important
orchestra musical box with 5 interchangeable cylinders Case veneered
with exotic wood, with boxwood stringing and inlay decoration (small wear).
In the lower part is a drawer for the five cylinders. Dimensions : 113x49x54
cm. Tune sheet for the classical tunes of the 5 cylinders (8 tunes each),
which are 49 cm long, and ca 75 mm in diameter. 6 bells at will, struck
by bees, a drum, castanets, and 20 keys of voix céleste. 1 broken
tooth, about ten has been well remade. End of the XIXth c. Very good general
condition of presentation and playing.
Nº 685: A Limonaire 49 keys organ with percussions. Repainted
front with a conductor statue. The mechanism, bellows and pipes have been
restored on an original base. Ca 1900. Added electrical motor. It works,
but restoration needs to be completed. With ca 30 books of music. Width
: ca 2,50 m Height : ca 2,20 m, Depth ca 1 m.
Nº 686: Two fine female statues for a fairground organ Height
ca 1m, on an octagonal base. Half modern make. XXth c.
Nº 687: A fine old statue of a conductor for a fairground organ.
Height 65 cm. Cossack style. Movement of the arm. End of the XIXth c. Some
wear, parts missing to one foot and one hand.
Nº 688: A sculpted wooden character for an organ, depicting
a Neapolitan fisherman, incomplete. Are missing : the feet, the left
arm and part of the right arm, but this character has a very fine expression.
H. 66 cm
Nº 689: A rare musical clock with an animated scene. Varnished
mahogany case with brass and mother of pearl adornments. In the lower part,
a painted scene with a moving mill and two moving waterfalls. In the upper
part, the dial is framed with 4 wooden columns. Height 57 cm. Good movement.
End of the XIXth c. Probably from Austria or Switzerland. Good (later)
4 tunes Thorens musical movement, 9 cm cylinder. In good presentation and
working order condition.
Nº 690: A very fine and large Black Forest type grandfather
clock with an organ and 6 automata Fine walnut case with a cornice,
with brass decorations. 78x201 cm, depth 43 cm. In the middle upper part,
a glass opening shows the painted dial (marked "Meunier à Nérondes"),
with hands for the hours and the minutes, applied on a bottom panel painted
with columns with garlands of roses and topped by angels playing the trumpet.
Above, 6 automatas, amidst them a black man and an oriental prince play
various instruments. In the top part, a fine landscape. Weight driven clockwork
movement with striking of the hours. 9 tunes organ (with handwritten tune
sheet : march, minuet, allemande, etc.) playing on 22 stopped wooden pipes.
Mid XIXth c. It seems complete (rod pendulum missing) and in excellent
Nº 691: A very fine XVIIIth c. mechanical organ movement for
a musical clock, 14 keys, 7 tunes Key-wind with fusee. External dimensions
: 31x17 cm, Height : 27 cm. Brass mechanism, keyframe and keys. 14 metal
stopped pipes. 18,3 x 7,9 cm cylinder. Last third of the XVIIIth c. Completely
restored ca 20 years ago (some pins and bridges replaced). In excellent
condition of presentation, working order and playing. Very fine notation.
Nº 692: A very fine Louis XVI base for an organ musical clock
It is to be noted that the organ described in the previous lot can be placed
in this base. Only the position of the winding hole has to be modified.
On four gilt feet, very rich case with veined decoration of black tortoiseshell
and ivory, with ormulu ornaments (straight columns in each corner, friezes,
arcades with lattice work on the front and the sides, balustrades on the
top part with fir cones on each corner). The four sides open on hinges,
with a winding hole for an organ (missing) on the right side. External
dimensions : 50x28 cm, height 38 cm. Internal dimensions : 40x19 cm, height
28 cm. End of the XVIIIth c. Completely restored, in excellent condition.
Nº 693: A good 8 tunes musical box with 6 bells and hidden drum
Case with boxwood stringing decoration and inlay of flowers. 61x24 cm,
height 24 cm. Fine handwritten tune sheet. 33 cm cylinder. Zither. Ca 1875.
Fine playing and sound, good condition.
Nº 694: A fine Gavioli cylinder street or carrousel organ
"Gavioli Breveté SGDG Avenue de Taillebourg, 2, Pl. du Trône,
Paris" Resting on a platform with 4 tyred spoke wheels. Fine case with
veneered front with boxwood stringing and inlay decoration, openings covered
with fabric for the sound, and 10 visible piccolo pipes. Two "le Ludion"
medals in the lower part. 75 cm cylinder playing on 46 keys and 4 stops,
with more than 100 pipes in all, mostly in wood and with a square section
; about 30 of them are placed under the organ. Ca 1870/80. Fine condition
of presentation and playing, in working order. The "knife" to change tunes
needs to be looked after, and small adjustments are advisable. Restored
Nº 695: Polyphon, a table 28,1 cm disc musical box Square
case 40x36 cm (some damage to a lower side). Inlay on the lid. A lithograph
of children inside. One comb, one broken tooth. End of the XIXth c. It
plays, but needs attention.
Nº 696: Orpheus, a 30 cm disc musical box Fine carved wooden
case, 51x41x21 cm. Inside, a color print "Orpheus" depicts Neptune and
his suite. External handle winding. End of the XIXth c. One broken treble
tooth, otherwise in good condition with good sound. With one disc.
Nº 697: A 8 tunes musical box Case decorated with boxwood
stringing. Long. 55 cm. Lever-wind. 33 cm cylinder. In very good condition
of presentation, and playing. Ca 1880.
Nº 698: A rare and important parlour cylinder organ with percussions,
by Thibouville. Fine walnut case (some little wear, and a split on the
lid). Width 99, Depth 57, Height 132 cm. Inside the front panel, a tune
sheet for four 79 cm cylinders with 7 tunes each, and detailed instructions.
Only the 4th cylinder, covered with the typical green paper from this maker,
is present (Trouvère, Norma, Valse, etc.). 50 keys. Drum, triangle,
and ca 75 pipes distributed between 4 stops (11 brass trumpets, stopped
wooden pipes, metal pipes opened or stopped). The 1878 Thibouville catalogue,
pp. 47-49, presents a very similar instrument. The whole item is in good
condition of presentation and in working order. Some adjustments are advisable.
Nº 699: A Gaveau 88 notes Ampico grand Mahogany. Electrically
driven. 250 88 notes rolls. Good usual condition. In working order, but
needs some attention.
Nº 700: A fine small Limonaire 35 keys organ Front with
top, partially opened for the sound, with old paintings of flowers, perhaps
original. Placed on a half mobile stand, with two wheels. Width 80 cm,
depth 60, height 103 (118 with the stand + 35 for the top). Without percussions.
Number 3793 (extreme end of the XIXth c.). Iron cast Limonaire wheel. 31
visible wooden pipes. Usual restorations (bellows), otherwise good condition
of presentation and playing. With 4 books of music (various conditions).
Nº 701: A fine ormulu clock, with musical base Under a glass
dome. Inlaid oval base 42x20 cm, height 10 cm, housing the musical movement,
and showing a brass plate : "E. Haussens horloger Boisfort". Inside this
base, a fine 4 tunes musical movement, 14,5 cm cylinder, fine sound and
notation. External winding and two levers. On this base is placed a fine
ormulu clock with a character, signed "Trochet à Isigny", striking
the hours and half hours, but without link with the music. This various
elements are from the 2d half of the XIXth c. In good general condition.
Nº 702: A rare and large Black Forest organ clock with animal
sculptures Wooden case, extensively sculpted with foliage (oak and
fern), animals (partridge, chamois). Organ mechanism with 9 wooden flutes
playing thanks to a small brass cylinder on the hour, while on the front
two doors open and a small composition flute player appears. It seems complete.
Bone dial and hands, striking of the hours on one bell. Height 1,20m -
Width 58 cm - Depth 33 cm.
Nº 703: An 8 tunes musical box, with hidden bells and drum
61 cm case with boxwood stringing and inlay decoration (small accidents).
Handwritten tune sheet. 33 cm cylinder. A few replaced tips and teeth.
10 teeth for the drum (at will), and 6 for the bells. Ca 1870. Good presentation,
correct playing. Cleaning and revision advisable.
Nº 704: Clariona, a small 14 keys organette Width 31 cm
- With a curious expression box which can be placed above, with an operating
instructions label glued on it. End of XIXth c. Restored bellows, in working
order. With 6 paper rolls. Not mentioned in the Bowers Encyclopedia, but
it is described in detail in McElhone, "The organette book" (pp. 68/69).
Nº 705: Manopan, a 39 key organette Black case, ca 70 cm.
End of the XIXth c. It seems complete and in good condition. Restorations.
With three perforated strips.
Nº 706: Symphonion, a table 27 cm disc musical box Square
black case, 34 cm. Very worn transfer decoration. Lever wind in the front.
Fine instructions sheet inside. Two combs diametrically opposed. One disc
(Faust waltz) End of the XIXth c. Good sound, but playing needs attention.
Nº 707: Thibouville, a 24 keys organette Black case 50 cm.
End of the XIXth c. Restored bellows, seems complete but needs some attention.
With 20 books of music.
Nº 708: Ariston, a 24 keys organette Case with decoration
of gilt lines. End of the XIXth c. Seems complete, with 15 discs.
Nº 709: A similar Ariston. (as is).
Nº 710: A large Limonaire 42 keys fairground organ With
percussions. Repainted front. Restorations to the mechanism, bellows and
pipes on an original base. Ca 1900. Added electrical motor. In working
order, but restoration needs to be completed. With ca 20 books of music.
Width, ca 2,50 m Height : ca 2,20 m, Depth, ca 1 m.
Nº 711: Josio Désiré in Modane, a very small 31
keys barrel piano including one bell. Black case with small columns
in the lower part. 65x42 cm. Height 85 cm. 48 cm fat cylinder (some splits
and repairs). Beginning of the XXth c. An interesting instrument, needing
Nº 712: An 8 tunes "Voix célestes" musical box Fine
case decorated with exotic wood, boxwood stringing and inlay. 66x37x37
cm. With tune sheet of classical tunes. 33 cm cylinder. Voix célestes
with 20 keys. Ca 1875. Fine condition of presentation and in working order.
Nº 713: A rare and fine perroquette with 3 stops and 15 keys
Fine case painted with imitation of spotted wood and threads. On the lid,
in a round medallion is a marine scene in the style of Vernet. On the front,
in an ornamented medallion, a painted dove. Fine handwritten tune sheet
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.
Nº 714: Melodion Meissner, a portable 8 tunes 26 keys reed organ
Case with gilt lines and painted flowers decoration. 59x31x59 cm. "Georg
Meissner Orgelbauer in Zörbig". Tune sheet of the 8 tunes. Beginning
of the XXth c. In very fine condition of presentation and playing.
Nº 715: A 20 keys cylinder organette Black case, ca 40 cm.
End of the XIXth c. It works, but needs some restorations.
Nº 716: A fine 32 cm discs Kalliope table musical box with 10
bells Simple comb. With 23 discs and a rare disc rack.
Nº 717: Hohner, Magic Organa, an automatic 44 keys accordion,
with percussions. 1920/30's. Completely restored. May be activated
either by pedalling or with electrical bellows. Excellent condition of
presentation and in working order. With 12 rolls.
Nº 718: A musical tile depicting a landscape. Ca 1900. Good
2 tunes movement.
Nº 719: A musical clock picture Naive painting in a gilt
frame (75x55 cm). Clockwork on a rectangular bedplate striking the hours
and half hours. Good small 2 tunes independent musical movement on the
side of the frame. Ca 1900.
Nº 720: A large musical tantalus box. Decoration with exotic
wood veneer and boxwood stringing. Height 40 cm. 6 opening panels. Fine
4 tunes snuffbox type movement. Ca 1900.
Nº 721: A musical tile Fine tile depicting a castle (small
crack). Ca 1900. One tune (modern movement).
Nº 722: "Concert Roller Organ", a 20 keys organette Case
45 cm. End of the XIXth c. Needs cleaning and adjusting, with two rolls.
Nº 723: A rare 11,5 cm disc alarm clock Wooden case. Height
with top : 47 cm. End of the XIXth c. One broken tooth, blocked movement.
Nº 724: A wooden cylinder for an organ Helicoidal notation,
it its transportation case : "Toréador "from Carmen and "Dame Blanche".
Nº 725: A 4 tunes musical tile, featuring a bird
Nº 726: Ariston, a 24 key organette With one disc, but without
handle. Seems complete. Ca 1900.
Nº 727: Sixty-three 88 notes rolls for a pneumatic piano, in their Aeolian Company boxes. Good condition. 120/180 €
Nº 728: A 12 tunes musical box Case with inlay decoration
(some accidents). 46 cm. Fine l'Epée tunesheeet. Lazy movement,
15 cm nickel plated cylinder. One broken tooth, many bent pins. End of
the XIXth c.
To follow :
- a few lots of Arcade machines and accessories
- About 160 lots about phonographs : machines, rolls, postcards and documentation.
End of the sale : ca 7 P.M.
Sorry, no English translation for the lots about phonos and arcade
Results will be published on the same web site :
Dolls : large specialized auction on Saturday Dec. 1st, ask for the special catalogue.
Our next specialized auction of mechanical music, dolls, automata,
etc. will take place in May 2008.
28 November 2007
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