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Chanteur by the Gaslight Musical Automaton. Paris: Vichy, ca. 1900. Musical mechanical automaton of a black male figure, papier-mache head with glass eyes, painted features, fleeced hair, articulated mouth, later theatrical tuxedo costume consisting of a green and red waistcoat with tails, cummerbund, plaid trousers, satin shirt, and bowtie. Leather shoes, felted hat. Standing against a wooden lamppost on a circular base painted to resemble a brick road, lower edge covered in velvet. When wound, the figure makes six movements, raising and lower both arms, the left holding a piece of sheet music, nods his head, blinks his eyes open and closed, opens and closes lips, and the top of the lamp rotates. Height 47”. VIEW VIDEO
Chanteur by the Gaslight Musical Automaton.
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Minimum Bid: $7,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $9,000.00
Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Saturday, August 24, 2019.
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