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auction of Automatas and Mechanical musical instruments
To obtain more information or an illustrated catalog, please contact :
France - Chartres - Galerie de
Mechanical music consultant for this auction :
M. Philippe Rouillé, (expert
This English translation is given only for the convenience of English speaking clients, and tries to be as reliable as possible. Nevertheless, only the French text of the catalogue (with the occasional corrections given during the auction) is conclusive. (Please read the general conditions of the auction on the back of the cover of the French catalog). If you have any doubts or questions about an item, please ask the auction house before the auction.
This translation describes only the automatas and the mechanical music instruments included in the auction. There will be also (n°s 799-893) many phonographs (about 65) and gambling machines (about 35), which are described in the French catalog.
The price mentioned in the estimates is the price expected at the hammer, in French Francs. For the buyer, add a total premium of 11 % (exactly: 10,854 %) to the hammer price.
A reference is sometimes made
to the book, "Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments", by Q. David
Chartres is a beautiful old city,
about 1 hour from Paris with a car or by train. You may visit one of the
The auction will take place about
300 yards from this cathedral, in an old gothic chapel, at the Galerie
For any information or to get another catalog (please specify if you want this English translation too), just write or fax to the above mentioned address.
N°s 1-650 : Dolls, and 800-893 : coin operated or gambling machines and phonographs : Ask the Galerie de Chartres for the special catalogue.
651 . "Le joueur d'orgue de
Barbarie, un type populaire qui disparait" An engraving from
the "Petit Journal", 1908. Glass-protected.
652 . "Imagerie d'Epinal (Moyennes
constructions)" Paper picture of a mechanical organ, for cutting
out (2 ex.).
653 . A plate picturing a barrel
organ player. A
few small defects.
654 . A black casket featuring
a barrel organ. Nice one tune "manivelle" music movement. 27x16x16cm
655 . A little automaton of
a monkey playing a barrel organ. "Carl
Germany". A spring motor (needing attention) activates the tail, the arm,
and the music (played on a few vibrating metal tongues). Good used condition.
Mid XXth c. H. 15 cm.
656 . Bowers' Encyclopedia
of Automatic Musical Instruments. 1979
Edition. Good condition. Over 1000 illustrated pages. A "must" for mech.
657 . Zeraschi. "L'orgue de
Barbarie", Payot, 1980. 252 pages with numerous illustrations. An excellent
book. Good condition.
658 . A 1908 Catalogue of "Le
Bon Marché". 66 pages with some musical instruments (and
mechanical in the last page). Phonos, cameras, etc. (used condition).
659 . An old table tile with
music. Montereau (some
cracks), decoration of 2 lovers. 2 tunes with tunesheet (difficult to read).
660 . An old table tile with
decoration of birds and bamboos. Very good Lador 6 tunes movement, cyl
7,5 cm, 36 teeth.
661 . A 2 tunes musical photo
album, velvet cover.
662 . A musical lithographed
metal box, featuring an organ with musician angels. When turning the
handle, a mechanism (siren type) produces a sustained chord. Mid XXth century.
A few adjustments needed to the mechanism.
663 . A rare metal musical
tea-pot, 1 tune. Very good condition. H. 22cm
664 . A musical photo album,
Good small 2 tunes musical movement. Beginning of the XXth century.
665 . A small music box,
Fine spotted wood, curved corners, with brass incrustations. 11,5 cm. 2
tunes movement (not original ?) in need of restoration (some parts lacking).
666 . A small music box,
wooden case, with a painting of a landscape on the cover. 3 tunes movement
667 . A musical glove casket,salmon-coloured
velvet covered, with brass décoration. Small movement.
668 . A 3 tunes musical snuff-box,
composition case (crack on the bottom) finely featuring on the impressed
cover "Les Sabines" by Morel. Width 10,5cm. 3 tunes (6 tips broken), nice
sound. In working order. XIXth century.
669 . A 3 tunes musical tile,
of a river. Tunesheet (movement needs attention).
670 . A small music box for
a dancing doll, "Gisèle" type (doll lacking). L. 14 cm. Good
condition, beginning of the XXth century.
671 . Two "Bols" musical decanters,
672 . A musical sewing or beauty
necessaire, without implements, outside covered with golden velvet
and brass ornaments in the Art nouveau style, blue padded inside with a
mirror. Small 2 tunes movement. Good condition.
673 . A 1 tune musical casket,
with red velvet (one handle lacking). H. 26cm. Beginning of XXth century.
674 . A rare and fine musical
photo album, with feet, to be put on a table. Cover in bakelite and
lithographed cardboard featuring an oriental woman. Good 3 tunes Paillard
movement with tunesheet (amidst them "Américan Patrol", composed
in 1885). Cyl. 6 cm. Beginning of the XXth century. Good condition.
675 . A wooden musical alarm
clock, 2 tunes, H. 27 cm. Complete (excepted top decoration) with detailed
operating instructions from the "Maison Alexandre, Paris" and tunesheet
(rare). Beginning of the XXth century.
676 . A classical 24 keys Ariston
organette, with 3 cardboard discs. It plays, but needs attention. Ca
677 . A pedagogical rarity : 4 very special cylinders for an organ, probably for a Mirecourt instrument of the type "orgue 21 touches n° 1430". All pins and bridges have been punched out, probably for a repinning with more modern tunes, which never occured. So remains only the paper which was glued on the surface of the cylinder, with all the written notation marks. On the side of each cylinder, a fine handwritten listing of the classical 10 tunes, in a fanshape presentation. From the tunes, 2 cylinders seem to date from the beginning of the XIXth century, and the 2 others seem to have been already repinned in the middle of the XIXth century. The notated lenght is 54 cm. Two cylinders are in an original wood box, the two others without a box.
These 4 cylinders constitute for
a museum or an exhibition an excellent pedagogical example of how cylinders
were notated and repinned.
678 . An 8 airs serinette,
from Mirecourt. Walnut box 27 cm. 10 metal pipes. Over restored, it works,
but would need some attention.
679 . A fine 24 notes Ariston
organette, Excellent appearance, with 7 discs. It plays, but needs
680 . A 2 tunes musical wooden
alarm clock, complete (without key), good condition. Beginning of the
XXth century. H. 45 cm.
681 . A 2 tunes musical wooden
alarm clock, complete (without key), good condition. Beginning of the
XXth century. H. 38 cm.
. A rare keywound Forte-piano Ducommun-Girod musical box, Painted
wood case (XIXth c., but not original) with inlay on the lid (restorations,
small chips). 45 cm. Fine 6 tunes musical movement (mid XIXth c.),
signed on the bedplate, 3 commands, cyl. 32,7 cm, 123 teeth (89 for the
Forte comb + 34 for the piano comb). Good patriotic tunes ("la Marseillaise",
"le Chant du Départ", etc.) with caracterised forte-piano effect.
Good original condition (instant stop lever lacking, change lever remade).
683 . A fine and interesting
small musical ormulu clock, with Alibert signed movement (teeth by
On an oval wooden musical base,
long 25,5 cm, signed in pencil "Alibert à Paris 19 juin 1858" (possibly
a repair, because the clock and the musical movement seem earlier). Fine
2 tunes musical movement (snuffbox type), with teeth by groups of 4, good
musicality. Probably by H. Bordier, although signed Alibert on the governor
(Alibert was mainly a retailer). A few lacks and restorations, some adjustments
and cleaning needed. Otherwise, good condition.
684 . A good 26 keys reed barrel
organ, Case with a decoration of flowers inlay (accidents to the veneer
on the sides of the case, new lid). 52x30x45 cm. Cyl. 37 cm, 8 excellent
tunes. Some restorations. Ca 1900. In good working order and good musicality.
. A good Gavioli 26 keys 4 stops barrel organ, "14 rue d'Aligre, Paris".
Beautiful case with decoration of inlay and an oil painting (waterfall).
62 x 36 x 57 cm. 8 tunes, one of the stops has 8 trumpets. End of XIXth
c. Completely restored. Plays well and loud.
686 . A very fine 50 cm table
Polyphon, Case with inlay on cover, and a coloured photo-engraving
inside, depicting a harbour. 53 x 68 x 31 cm. Musical box mechanism
with 118 teeth (in two two-parts combs facing each other). Wound with a
handle and started from the side of the box. Excellent condition and musicality.
Beginning of XXth c. With 25 discs, most of them in good condition (some
rust on a few ones).
. An outstanding large early music box movement with teeth by four,
bass on the right side, 4 tunes, 3 levers. No visible mark. In an oval
clock base (44 cm, split cover, replaced screws), rosewood veneered, with
stylised inlay on the front. Key-wound on a barrel. Inside command for
a start from a clock. 22,6 cm cylinder, 25 groups of 4 teeth. Excellent
condition and musicality (lacks only the "finger" of the Geneva stop).
688 . A fine 6 tunes musical
box movement, In an oval clock base, 55 cm, exotic wood veneered (boxwood
stringing, small accidents and splits). Good keywound musical movement,
2 external levers (knobs lacking). 25 cm brass cylinder, 94 teeth, very
fine notation (piccolos) and musicality, good programm. Mid XIXth c.
689 . A 6 tune musical movement
in a clock base, Black varnished wooden oval base with brass stringing.
58.5 x 28 cm. 27,3 cm cylinder movement. It plays well, but governor and
commands need attention. 2d half of the XIXth century.
690 . A Celestina 20 notes
American organette, complete, good condition, but needs attention to
be in playing order again. Ca 1900. With one paper roll (some tear). Case
691 . An old musical tile,
depicting a hunting scene (dog and birds), one tune (modern movement).
692 . An old musical tile,
Longwy, decoration of flowers. 2 tunes (modern movement).
693 . A "Marotte" musical doll,
Bisque half body and head, German, fixed blue eyes, old clothing, accidents to the musical movement, the long wooden support as a whistle.
694 . A "Marotte" musical doll,
Bisque half body and head, Simon & Halbig N°1010, open mouth, fixed blue eyes, the long bone support as a whistle, silk clothing with jingle bells. Nice music.
695 . A mechanical bulldog, by Elie Martin (?),
skin-covered, glass eyes, on a wheeled base. Long. 27cm (needs attention).
696 . A little automaton of a cat,
in a wicker basket. By Decamps ? Blocked mechanism. H.15cm 1/1500 FF
697 . A fine musical toy of a "Clown violoniste",
playing on a barrel. Rare bisque head with "white clown" make-up, impressed "Paris SL. O", handle mechanism. Very beautiful original condition. 36cm.
. "Les valseurs", by Gustave Vichy, Rare and beautiful dancing
couple (by Bru or Barrois ?), lead hands for the man, and bisque hands
for the woman. Fine period white and blue silk clothing. The couple revolves
and dances in circles. Rarely found in such a good condition. H. 32 cm.
699 . A Bontems 2 birds birdcage.
Fine giltwood base with stucco decoration. Movements of the head, beak and tail. Mechanism plays continuously or discontinuously at will. Good usual condition, and in working order. End of XIXth c. Height : 55 cm.
700 . An fine automaton of "La bouquetière", by Roullet-Decamps,
Jumeau head with closed mouth, taille 3, blue paperweight eyes with a well preserved silk costume, bisque hands. She takes some flowers out of her basket to breathe their smell. Movements of the head and of both arms. Red base with canted corners, and 2 tunes musical movement. H. 48 cm.
701 . A "négresse debout jouant de la lyre", by Roullet Decamps.
(A black girl playing a lyra). Two movements of the painted cardboard head, movements of the eyelids, glass eyes, movement of the right hand. Partly original clothes. Mechanism and music inside the body (it works, but needs attention). H. 72 cm
702 . A skin-covered bear,
It was a part of an automaton scene (for a Decamps windowcase ?). H. 48 cm.
. A magnificent animated musical clock picture. In a painted
cardboard scenery, a train travels from the right to the left, passing
on a bridge over a sea with two pitching ships. On the right side, a horse-drawn
cart travels on another bridge. In front of the picture, some peasants
(some with movements) are walking. On the down left side, a mill-wheel
revolves as the miller leans at a window. On the upper left side, the wings
of a mill rotate, and two other millers appear at windows. On the balcony
of a house, a character plays the trumpet. A fisherman is taking a fish
out of the water, while his wife moves at his rear. A sentinel appears
at a postern. Two other characters wave to the ships, and several other
characters stay still. Rare clock movement with two "Jaquemart" automatons.
2 tunes music movement. 100 x 75 cm. Beautiful gilded frame.
704 . A rare animated musical picture,
depicting on several levels "Le passage du col du Saint Bernard" (the crossing of the St Bernard pass) by the army of Napoleon. Paper silhouettes, pulley mechanism (needs attention). 2 tunes musical movement, playing "Annie Laurie - Within a mile of Edimburg". 58x68cm.
705 . A very good 24 keys portable organ by Christian Bigaud,
ca 1975-80, inscribed : "La Belle Epoque". Blue painted wooden case with decoration of flowers and women on the front, and two glass protected engravings on the side and the rear. A few chips. 90 x 60 x 86 cm.
24 keys tracker bar analog to the Organina Thibouville system, but playing on 24 large wooden open pipes. Works with a round handle. Good condition, very good non agressive sound. With 6 books.
706 . A 8 tunes musical box with "voix célestes",
Beautiful case with spotted and precious wood, boxwood stringing and inlay of musical instruments. The internal glass frame protective of the movement is missing. Tune sheet (8 religious tunes). Lever wound. Brass 27,5 cm cylinder, playing on 2 teeth combs and 11 reeds. Good presentation and working condition. Ca 1880.
707 . A fine 20 keys reed organ, with dance tunes,
Case in precious wood with a fine inlay on the front of a dancing girl.
56 x 32 x 39 cm. Handle, 8 tunes cylinder. Completely restored (lid new). Mirecourt ? End of XIXth century. Very good condition of presentation and playing.
708 . An exceptionnal "Piano Orchestrion", by Veuve Amelotti,
sold by the Maison Ferrari in Lyons. Very good condition and sound, 6 instruments. Mechanically or electrically (220 V) driven, coin operated. Painted front with lighting and ormulu fittings. Height 1,96m - Width 1,40m - Depht 0,80m.
709 . A small key wound musical box,
in a walnut case (bottom and sides lacking). Brass cyl. 11 cm, 3 tunes. In need of restoration (cogwheels, pins, 2 tips). Ca 1840.
710 . A 18 cm disc Kalliope musical box with 4 bells,
Varnished case 26x22cm. One comb (2 broken teeth). Good condition, but handle lacking. With 8 discs.
711 . A 24 keys Ariston organette,
Large case (46,5 cm). Fine transfer decoration. Ca 1900. In need of restoration.
712 . A fine 24 keys portable reed organ,
using books (Gamme Thibouville). Fine painted wooden case, with decoration of twisted columns, flowers and a shell on the front. 70 x 50 x 82 cm. Reeds with resonator wooden pipes and two trumpets which protude from the top of the case. Expression flap. Good condition, plays well. Unknown maker (ca 1980/90). With 5 books of music.
713 . A Regina 25 cm disc music box.
Wooden case with convex lid (feet and handle lacking). 37x34x22. One comb (5 broken teeth). Needs restoration. Ca 1900. With one disc.
714 . A 4 tune music box,
brass cyl. 12,5 cm (Needs cleaning).
715 . A potentially good 8 tunes musical box,
having suffered some strange transformations (electrified, etc.). Happily, the barrel, comb and brass 30 cm cylinder are good. Original case (some worm damage) with tunesheet (sold by Bozzo, Paris et Niort). Ca 1870. Well worth a correct restoration.
716 . A small music box with a dancing doll on top.
"Giselle" type. 1 tune (La Vie Parisienne). Keywound. Good condition (later doll). The stop and closing devices need attention. Beginning of XXth century Total height : 22 cm.
. A fine perroquette as a small chamber organ, Good walnut case,
50x33, Height. 70cm. 10 tunes on a 34 cm cylinder, 13 keys, 3 stops
(open/stopped metal pipes). Some pipes creased at their top. Otherwise
well restored and plays well.
718 . A fine painted wood female figure for a fairground organ,
Very beautiful attitude (twisted dress, hat with a feather). Height 80 cm. Some restoration.
719 . A 58 notes Aeolian Orchestrelle reed organ,
15 stops. Foot operated. Impressive case 173 x 74 x 156 cm. Overhauled, good condition of presentation and in working order. With ca 45 paper rolls. American, ca 1900. "Play it in ten minutes, master it in a month", said the advertisment.
720 . A good 33 keys Coelophone portable reed organ.
With handle and 5 new books of music (Frou Frou, Le dénicheur etc.). Completely restored, excellent condition. 70 x 36 x 44 cm. (This model is more rare than the usual slightly larger 37 keys model).
721 . A good Rzebitschek musical box movement,
in a gilt wood clock base (with a replaced mirror in front). Width 29 cm. 2 classical tunes on a 10,5 cylinder, bass teeth typically on the right side. Geneva stop lacking, otherwise good condition. Prag, XIXth century.
722 . A small music box movement, teeth by groups of 5,
in an oval clock base, with inlay decoration, 42 cm.
Snuffbox type 2 classical tunes movement, with rare handwritten tunesheet glued under the cover of the base. Impressed CMM on the bedplate. Rope wounded. It plays, but needs cleaning. The outside command levers are missing.
723 . A "Coelophone orchestre" 37 keys portable reed organ,
Système Gavioli Thibouville. Width. 77cm. As is, in need of restoration. It seems complete, but without handle and perforated strip.
724 . A coin-operated French mechanical piano,
"Pianos automatiques A. Proust et C. Tareng, 332 rue de l'Entrepôt, Paris". Black upholstery, Art nouveau style. 118x66x148 cm. (175 cm with the top part). 90 cm cylinder playing 10 tunes according to the original tunesheet (valse, polka, fox, etc... et "Elle s'était fait couper les cheveux"). 44 keys, 6 bells and 2 castagnets. 1920's. Some restorations. It works but needs a tuning.
725 . A reed organ with a monkey violin player.
Varnished wooden case with boxwood stringing decoration. Movements of head, eyes, mouth, arm. The organ (handle cranked, 6 tunes, 17 keys) is in good condition and plays well and loud. Some restoration needed to the automaton (clothes, eyes). 42x26x56 cm. Such organs with a monkey are illustrated in the 1889 Thibouville-Lamy catalogue.
726 . A Wilhelm Bruder Söhne Barrel Organ (Waldkirch)
24 keys, 1 register stop. Ca 40 pipes.
Beautiful case with boxwood stringing and inlay of flowers. (Some worm damage). 55x33x55 cm
42 cm cylinder with 9 tunes according to original tunesheet : Waltzes, mazurkas, polka, etc.).
Good condition, usual restorations (bellows), needs some adjustments. End XIXe century.
727 . An electrified 88 notes pneumatic piano,
by Gilbert, London, metal frame, Aeolian (?) system, fine mahoganny case. May be used either by foot pedalling or with an electric pump located in an independant mahoganny piece of furniture which houses too about 50 rolls (classical and light music). Good condition (restorations). First third of the XXth century.
728 . A Herophon 24 keys reed organette,
using square cardboard discs. Needs restoration (handle lacking). Ca 1900. With one disc.
To avoid the Ariston patents, Herophon uses a fixed square disc under which the whole mechanism rotates.
729 . A small 2 tunes music box "qualité excelsior",
with tune sheet, in a varnished and veneered casket. 12 cm. Good condition, mid XXth century.
730 . A rare small 12,5 cm disc musical clock,
in a wooden case (without top), H. 34 cm. Beginning of XXth century. Chips to the dial, driving of the discs to look at. Otherwise good condition. With 6 discs.
731 . A metal musical alarm clock,
Damage to dial, wooden bottom lacking, otherwise good condition and in working order. Beginining of XXth century.
732 . A 12 tunes (two per turn) musical box,
Painted case with transfer decoration, 37 cm. Lever wound, nickeled 9 cm cylinder, tune indicator. It works, but needs attention. Ca 1900.
733 . Two music boxes cases,
(without movements). One is in good condition, with feet, boxwood stringing and transfer decoration (angels), 31 cm. The other one is used, with transfer decoration, 32 cm. Both cases ca 1900.
734 . A musical tile,
decoration of flowers. 1 tune Lador movement. Mid XXth century.
735 . An old musical tile.
Decoration of windmills. Small 2 tunes movement (as is) with tunesheet.
736 . An Aeolian "Push up" 65 notes pianola,
Good general condition, but needs attention. Mahoganny case. Width 116 cm. With a few rolls.
. A beautiful animated musical picture by "Ferdinand Würtel (1849)",
as indicated by a brass plate on the frame, with Wurtel commercial card
inside. On a metal scenery is fixed a 3 dimensional painted cardboard scene,
depicting a village, a river running under a bridge, a cascade running
down a mountain slope, a road with a stage coach and walking people, two
trains on a track running on a bridge, and a water-mill. A clock strikes
the hours and half hours. The following elements are animated : stage coach,
walking people, trains, mill wheel and the cascade. The mechanism, using
wooden pulleys and threads, is hidden under the secenry, in the lower part
of the picture. A small musical movement has its own rope-winding spring
driven movement. 112x76 cm. Beautiful gilt wooden and paste frame.
738 . An fine automaton of a young girl with a bird, by Lambert,
"Jeune fille à l'oiseau", Jumeau head with closed mouth, "taille 4", chestnut paperweight eyes, fine original silk clothes. Movements of the head, of the left hand which raises an egg inside which a bird is moving, while she shows the scene with her right hand (unfortunately, right hand and bird missing). On a one tune musical base playing "La Mascotte
- Romance du Caire". Fine original condition (the 2 missing parts excepted). Height : 50 cm.
739 . A fine electrical advertising automaton of two children, by JAF.
"Les deux enfants" (The two children). A boy and a girl are sitting in front of a table. Four movements each : head, arm, mouth, and eyes (the eyes need attention). Electrical 220 V. non original motor. Restorations to the clothes and the transmission rods. With a lighted front plate advertising for an English trader. H. 0,80m - Width 0,80m - Depht 0,41m
740 ."La coquette", an automaton of a girl by Lambert.
Bisque Simon & Halbig head, open mouth, movements of the eyes, and two movements of the head, bisque hands with movements of the two arms. She is seated on a bamboo chair, fans and looks at herself in a mirror. On a musical base, L. B. original key. In good working order, replaced clothes. H. 50 cm.
741 . "L'Espagnol joueur de mandoline", a fine automaton of a Spanish mandolin player by Lambert.
Jumeau head, closed mouth, blue paperweight eyes, fine original clothes. Bisque arms (one missing), 3 movements. Beautiful one Spanish tune music. H. 50 cm.
742 . A charming automaton of a girl and her cat, by Lambert.
"Fillette et son chat".
The girl sitting on a bamboo chair, with Simon & Halbig bisque head, open mouth, composition hands. She feeds a cat which is dancing on a table, while a mouse (missing) dances below. Movements of the head, the arms and the two animals. Musical base. H. 52 cm.
743 . An automaton of an Acrobat clown by Decamps.
"Clown acrobate sur chaise". Jumeau bisque head, open mouth (crack). He leans against the back of a chair, supports himself on the right hand, rises and moves his head and his legs. New clothes and restorations to the mechanism. H. 68cm
744 . An automaton of a young woman playing a mandolin, by Lambert.
"Jeune femme à la mandoline", fine fashion-type Jumeau head, closed mouth, blue paperweight eyes, pierced and added ears, bisque hands (the left hand is not original, accident to a finger of the right hand). Movements of the head, the body and the arms, original underwear, period-style clothes. Musical base (new red clothing). It works but needs attention. H. 50 cm.
745 . A small jumping carved and painted wood horse,
White and chestnut coloured, glass eyes (usual fairground repairs).
H. 0,80m - Long. 1,16m.
746 . A rare carrousel she-goat,
in carved white painted wood, with its horns and a small bell.
H 1,08m, Long. 1,17m.
. A fine and large carved wooden jumping horse, Painted in grey
and white, red saddle on a green blanket, glass eyes, fine mane blown by
the wind (usual fairground repairs). H. 115 cm. Long. 150 cm.
748 . A rare carved wood ass,
painted in grey with moving head, blue saddle and harness, green blanket, glass eyes. H. 140 cm. Long 140 cm.
749 . A rose painted wooden pig,
yellow saddle with green ribbons, glass eyes, Height. 48cm. Long. 1,06m
750 . A large carved wooden jumping horse,
painted in grey and chestnut, red saddle, glass eyes. Height. 1,05m - Long. 1,32m
751 . A carved wooden carrousel gondola,
The front as a chariot with radiant wheels and a decoration of flowers and foliage, the rear and the two sides more simple. H. 1,20m - Long. 1,80m - Depht. 1,20m
752 . A rare carved and painted wooden Donald figure.
Height 95cm - Long. 85cm
753 . A painted icecream man cart,
made of wood and iron, three-wheeled, with 2 icecream tanks, a presentoir for pastry horns, the ceiling being supported by four twisted brass columns. Height 2,10m - Long. 1,34m - Width 0,85m
754 . A fine automaton of a woman with a mirror, by Lambert.
"L'Espagnole au miroir", with several movements. The seated woman looks at herself in a mirror, her right hand shaking a tambourine, and she beats time by tapping her feet. Jumeau head taille 2, closed mouth, chestnut paperweight eyes, bisque half body. Height 42cm
755 . An electrical advertising automaton of a seated man, by Descamps.
On an oak base wich houses the completely original mechanism (head lacking, mechanism not tried), clothes in very good condition. This character was probably laughing. With a plate inscribed : Decamps, 10, rue du Parc Royal, Paris. Height 75 cm.
756 . An electrical advertising automaton by JAF,
of a schoolboy disclosing in 3 steps with his arms an advertisment written on a blackboard, thanks to a circular masking board which revolves. With regulating rheostat. Good condition, mid XXth century. 74x61cm
757 . A windowcase electrical automaton,
of an old man in a rocking chair. Ca 1980. H. 75 cm.
758 . A windowcase electrical automaton "the Forest",
depicting a tree with a bear, an owl and a rabbit. 220 volt. In working order. Height 1m.
759 . An electrical automaton of a dog.
Lenght : 50 cm.
760 . An automaton of a "Pierrot" playing a mandolin,
2 movements, homemade work from the 2d half of the XXth century. It works together with a small music by turning a handle. Plays "La lettre à Elise". H. 45cm.
761 . Two plates featuring fairground strong men,
one performing with the accompaniment of a barrel organ. Good condition.
762 . A large carved wood jumping horse,
painted in grey and chestnut, red saddle, glass eyes. (One ear missing).
H. 1,05m - Long. 1,32m
763 . A carved and painted wood fairground organ front,
in three parts, the central part decorated with columns and flowers.
Height 1,54m - Long. 1,30m
The two side parts (45 cm wide each) with many fittings for lighting.
764 . A fine gondola in three parts,
the main front, the fore and aft parts are in carved wood with foliage on a rose-coloured ground, and eagle heads with insertion of glass parts. L. 2,30 m.
765 . A fine painted canvas curtain for a fairground booth,
picturing 3 cherubs in a garden, the border in the XVIIIth century taste, signed "A. Ponsart. Décorateur. 34 rue de la Pelouse à Sotteville les Rouen" (some tear and chips). A 31 cm diam. circle is cut out in the middle (to allow a mechanism ? or a head ?). H. 1,80m - Long 2,85m
766 . A fine carrousel gondola, by Coquereau et Maréchal,
in four parts, the front in carved wood with decoration of mermaids and foliage on a rose coloured ground, with mirrors and brass handles, the three other panels are more simple (usual restorations). L 1,70m, H 1,35m.
767 . A two face to face seats fairground ship,
as a small wooden gondola painted in blue and white with red thin borders, and metal rail-guard. Long 1,22m - H 75cm.
768 . An English carrousel motorbike, ca 1950.
769 . A carved wooden jumping horse,
painted in black and white, yellow and green saddle, glass eyes, fine mane turned down on the right side (usual fairground repairs). Height of the horse : 90 cm. Long. 1,20 m - overall height 1,30 m.
770 . A carrousel pig,
in carved wood (modern work).
771 . A fine 25 keys, 3 stops portable barrel organ,
executed in a very similar way to an organ clock mechanism (it seems probable that Black Forest clock makers made too portable organs). Walnut case 60x45x65cm. Fine dark red coloured 48 cm, 10 tunes cylinder (Waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, one tune titled : "Napoléon Lied"). With handle. Completely restored. Very good condition and sonority. The windchest bears a date : "1869".
772 . A fine musical fruit dish on stand,
(unfortunately with a large crack), with decoration of young girls and flowers. Good small musical 2 tunes movement with tunesheet (one tune is "la Polka des pétards"). Beginning of the XXth century.
773 . A wooden musical alarm clock,
2 tunes. Good condition (without key). Beginning of XXth cent. H. 36cm
774 . A wooden musical alarm clock,
2 tunes. Short top. Good condition (without key). Beginning of XXth cent. H. 29 cm.
775 . A 2 tunes musical table tile,
Decoration of blue flowers. Good musical movement (no start-stop lever).
776 . Three items, musical or for automatas,
One good small musical movement (manivelle type) in a circular base for an automaton ; remnants of a base for an automaton ; remnants of an interesting musical postcard (rubber band with plots). All items in "as is" condition.
777 . Eleven small electric motors,
4,5 volts, for automatas.
778 . Several pieces for barrel organs,
2 wooden pipes, 2 metal pipes, one tracker bar (27 keys) one reeds set for a 27 key, and another reeds set for 36 keys (Thibouville ?).
779 . Nine books of music for a 24 keys Thibouville organ,
(song tunes), by Boyadjoglou father (good choice of tunes, and good condition).
780 . A 24 notes Ariston organette,
In need of restoration.
781 . 19 cardboard discs for a 24 keys Ariston.
(With one "gamme" disc). Good condition.
782 . A lot of rolls for pneumatic pianos
2 different kinds, amidst them about forty 88 notes rolls.
783 . "Revue de l'A.A.I.M.M".
(French Assoc. des collectionneurs de musique mécanique).
Numéros 11, 18 à 22 (1981-83) and 2/1985.
784 . Four 88 notes "Metrostyle" rolls,
for pneumatic piano. Amidst them Hungarian rhapsodies n° 10 and 11, by Liszt. Rather good condition.
785 . Very rare miniature promotional Duo-Art roll,
in its original box. At a scale of ca 45% of the original, it imitates perfectly the normal roll in the "Annotated series" of Artur Rubinstein's selection from Rimsky-Korsakof's Golden Cockerel. Long. 13,5 cm. Light tear to the beginning, otherwise excellent condition.
This promotional roll, with a reduced scale, could actually play the theme on a piano, after obturating the unused holes of the tracker bar. Ca 1920-24. Very few of these rolls have survived, and usually in bad condition.
(Informations thanks to Arthur Ord-Hume).
786 . Four rose cardboard "Pianolist" rolls,
787 . 14 discs for musical boxes,
12 for 45 cm Calliope, and two 50 cm Polyphon. Rather good condition.
788 . 4 paper rolls for an organette,
one (modern) for a Seraphone, the other 3 (German ? width 105 mm) for a 28 keys (?) organ. Good condition.
789 . 3 books for a Marenghi organ,
One is marked "70 touches 1920" and overprinted "Gaudin et Cie Sr". Width 25 cm. Good used condition.
790 . Seven books for a Melotrope,
amidst them "Amour et Printemps" and "la Vague". Good condition.
791 . Ten 34 cm discs for a Kallipe music box. Good condition.
792 . Ca 68 books for a Pianista Thibouville
marked "pour nouveau Pianista à double soufflet (n° d'ordre supérieur à 1000)". Good condition.
793 . An 8 tunes cylinder for a Gavioli organ,
"2 rue de Taillebourg, Paris", Noted lenght : 59 cm. In its original wooden case. Good condition.
794 . A diatonic Accordeon,
end of the XIXth century.
795 . Ca 15 books for an organ,
Classical and mainly popular music, fairly good condition. Most seem to be for a 36 Thibouville, and a few for a Pianista.
796 . An old binded book with a musical movement,
by Thorens, one tune. Leather bound. (Writings by Bourdaloue).
797 . A small automaton of a barrel organ player,
with a small musical Lador movement, playing "La vie en rose". Movements of the arm and the head. Fabric and plastic. "Carl Original Germany". Ca 1980. H. 30cm
798 . A small old musical photo album,
with modern Japanese movement.
799 . An exceptionnal fairground attraction "Le boxeur noir", (the black boxer), used to demonstate your strenght, in solid cast iron. Height, 2 m. Weight, ca 500 Kg. Here is a description of a similar instrument, from a book by Jean Lemaitre : "100 ans de machines à sous" (100 years of coin machines). Says the pamphlet:
On the left, you can set up the tension of the springs according to the category of the player (weak, middle, strong). If the stroke with the fist is not strong enough, the player may play again. On the contrary, if the player makes the pointer go to the last quarter of the dial, the eyes lighten and the athlete begins to shout : "The stronger it is, the stronger I shout !"The mechanism seems complete and in good order. There is an inscription on the base : A. Durenne Sonemaire.
There are also in this auction many gambling machines (n°s 800 to 832), and many phonographs (N°s 833-893). Please see the French edition of the catalogue.
Next auction of automatas and
mechanical music : May 2000
le 23 novembre 1999
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