A fine white-metal and gilt-painted vesta with hidden erotic automaton, late 19th century,
Lot 51*
A fine white-metal and gilt-painted vesta with hidden erotic automaton, late 19th century,
Sold for £5,000 (US$ 8,395) inc. premium
Lot Details
A fine white-metal and gilt-painted vesta with hidden erotic automaton,
late 19th century,
No. 3356,
the erotic scene of a standing man, the lady reclining on gilt open armchair in 18th century interior with drapes and looking glass, with small lap dog standing on hind legs in the foreground observing the scene, concealed behind the hinged panel which winds the fine going-barrel movement when closing, access to the secret panel button from side compartment once front button is pushed for access to the vestas, striker to opposing end, the top and underside panels with twin quintuplet wave-line and single ribbon tooled decoration - 2.1/4in. (5.7cm) wide

Footnotes

  • One of the smallest erotic automatons made.
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