Lot 2
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Gustave Vichy

Estimate
30,000 - 40,000 USD
Sold
37,500 USD
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Description

  • 'THE PEASANT AND THE PIGLET'
    A RARE MUSICAL AUTOMATON 
    CIRCA 1910

  • Wood
• the automaton comprising a figure of a seated peasant holding a truffle in one hand whilst balancing a ruffle dressed piglet on his opposite knee, the peasant taps his right foot and moves his right arm, truffle in hand, to seemingly to feed the piglet, the animal turns towards the truffle, tongue wagging in anticipation, at the same time the man shrugs his shoulders simulating laughter, blinks his eyes open and shut and turns his head from side to side, removing the the truffle from the piglet's reach, all to music • music and automaton work concealed within, with 2 control levers for start/stop terminating in Vichy's signature Acorn

Catalogue Note

For similar automata, see Bailly, C., Automata: The Golden Age, pp. 98 and 249.
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