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Clown Acrobat with Two Chairs Automaton. Paris: Vichy, ca. 1895. The clown stands between two white wooden chairs. When the mechanism is activated, the clown first lifts one chair in his right hand, then lowers it to the stage. Then, the clown executes a handstand atop the opposite chair, moving up and down and lifting the other chair in his free hand at the same time. The clown also moves his head, then lowers one chair, and finally his entire body is returned to the rest position. Two-tone wig accenting a finely hand-painted composition face with glass eyes. Velvet and silk bodice with fine details and crystal-like adornments and butterfly motif. Concealed music box in wooden base accompanies the automaton’s motion. Hand crank mechanism at rear. Height 38 ½”. Hairline crack to one side of figure’s head, else very good. Head likely a replacement by Michel Bertrand. A fine and large example of this outstanding, classic automaton.
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Minimum Bid: $10,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $18,000.00
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Saturday, August 24, 2019.
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