A good negro banjo-player musical automaton, by Vichy, circa 1900, Vichy catalogue No. 599,
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A good "negro banjo-player" musical automaton, by Vichy, circa 1900, Vichy catalogue No. 599,
Sold for £3,360 (US$ 5,644) inc. premium
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A good "negro banjo-player" musical automaton, by Vichy,
circa 1900, Vichy catalogue No. 599,
the two-air musical movement accompanying the perched full-length wigged and bare-footed figure, dressed with small cap, tan vest, pink and white stripe shirt, single-tone smoking jacket and multi-line striped trousers, with painted composition head, open mouth showing teeth, articulated eyelids with lashes, posed with three-stringed banjo whilst seated upon the edge of a velvet-tufted stool, slight cross-legged position, and when actuated, head moves with sweeping motion, right hand strums the strings and the right foot bends up and down to melody, the stool with full workings with start/stop pull and captive key to verso, raised on ebonised turned and stretchered supports - 23.1/2in. (60cm) high

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  • Literature:
    Automata - The Golden Age, 1848-1914, pp. 237
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