A Folk Art bone guillotine automata,  26x8.7x19ins.(66x22x48cm)

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Lot 381
A Folk Art bone guillotine automata,
26x8.7x19ins.(66x22x48cm)

Sold for £ 13,750 (US$ 17,096) inc. premium
A Folk Art bone guillotine automata,
French, c.1820. Comprised of carved bone panels over a wooden core. The three-stage model consists of a base, planked in bone with carved bone swags, attendant carved bone Guards, on turned bone feet. A stairway leads to the intermediate level, with further Guards and Bandsmen, a bone chest and carved bone winding gear. A further stairway leads to the execution platform, with additional guards, and tipping platform for the condemned prisoner. Working guillotine, with movable neck clamp and movable blade released by a side lever. A loose head will fall into the waiting receptacle when the blade drops. 26x8.7x19ins.(66x22x48cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Purchased from a French Gallery, the vendor understands that this is Prisoner of War work.

    In 1789 a French physician Joseph Ignace Guillotin, stood before the National assembly and proposed the use of a simple mechanism to decapitate condemned prisoners. A special committee was formed, which included Guillotin, and a design commissioned which was first employed in 1792. Seen as a successful, democratic and humane method of execution, it was extensively employed during the French Revolution and remained the principal means of Capital Punishment in France until its abolition in 1981.
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A Folk Art bone guillotine automata,  26x8.7x19ins.(66x22x48cm)
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