Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Pic du Jour • Bisque Headed Clown Magician Automaton


MARVELOUS BISQUE HEADED CLOWN MAGICIAN AUTOMATON. Truly outstanding and all original Lambert automaton from the late 1800s or early 1900s. Typical of French fashion, the character bisque head features pale white bisque, paperweight eyes, painted facial features, and is adorned with ladybugs and flying insects. The magician is decked in colorful silk clothing and has the most delicate bisque hands imaginable. Through a series of motions (nodding and twisting his head, waving his wand, and tapping the cup) various items mysteriously appear on the table as he gently lifts the cone. This is all accompanied by gentle music. SIZE: 24" h. CONDITION: Overall very fine to near mint, some minor distress to clothing and velvet base covering. Mechanism in excellent working condition. 1-5911 JL (13,000-18,000)

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