A Gustave Vichy musical automaton of a clown playing a banjo, French circa 1870

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Lot 68
A Gustave Vichy musical automaton of a clown playing a banjo, French circa 1870

Sold for £ 2,350 (US$ 3,134) inc. premium
A Gustave Vichy musical automaton of a clown playing a banjo, French circa 1870
The papier mache head with with smiling open mouth, painted teeth and articulated tongue, brown glass eyes, and decorated with card suits, black wool hair, sitting cross legged on a painted red and white stool, wearing yellow and red silk clown suit with lace ruff and having bisque hands, having two airs and key wind to base to activate moving tongue, head tilting forward and backward, right hand plays banjo and left leg taps, body leans forward, 22" (56cm) tall,
some fading and wear to clothing and base.
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