A fine twenty-key barrel organ, with quadruple monkey automaton, circa 1850,
Lot 2W
A fine twenty-key barrel organ, with quadruple monkey automaton, circa 1850,
£7,000 - 9,000
US$ 11,000 - 15,000

Lot Details
A fine twenty-key barrel organ, with quadruple monkey automaton,
circa 1850,
No. 257,
with single barrel playing eight airs, wooden key frame bearing paper label of the airs in French, rear-mounted handle and crank-shaft with double worm for barrel and automaton cam-rack, the top with monkey automaton scene of a poorly fellow sitting up in bed with glass in hand, a surgeon standing with menacing enema whilst a priest sits at the foot of the bed reading last rites and the weeping wife seated and clothed in her best with a bouquet of flowers, in 18th Century style bedroom interior with draped-swag folds suspended over sleigh bed, pictures and looking glass to patterned papered walls, black and white cheque floor, actions to all from full-length cam rod, in rosewood veneered case with pointed pediment, glazed front and large diamond inlay in ebony and boxwood, on short bracket feet - 24in. (61cm) wide, 36in. (91.5cm) high, the barrel 18in. (46cm), 4.1/4in. (11cm) diameter
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