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Rare 1910 Roullet & Decamps French Automaton * Clown on Stilts Music Box * Video For Sale


Rare 1910 Roullet & Decamps French Automaton * Clown on Stilts Music Box * Video


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Rare 1910 Roullet & Decamps French Automaton * Clown on Stilts Music Box * Video:
$10500.00

Selling this scarce and desirable early French automaton attributed to Roullet & Decamps, circa ~1910.This is a highly animated piece, with the stilt-walking clown acting out a series of intricate movements as the cylinder musical box plays:
  • He moves his head from left to right
  • his body shifts front and back - as if he's stumbling a bit
  • He lifts his left hand to help gain balance
  • He lifts his right hand - bringing a wine bottle to his mouth
  • opens his mouth (and shows his teeth!) as he takes a sip from the bottle
  • his body shifts left and right...and then
  • he balances on one stilt! Throwing his left leg out and rotating it around!
The music and his actions repeat - all powered by the mainspring that is inside the base.
The piece is constructed largely of paper Mache. It has recently been lubricated and plays very well.Please view all photos and message me with any questions prior to offerding.Local pick-up is desired, and I can also arrange delivery within 250 miles of Pasadena, CA (for a modest delivery fee).
Measurements: 32 inches high, base 10X10 inches


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