30,000 - 40,000 USD
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'THE PEASANT AND THE PIGLET'
A RARE MUSICAL AUTOMATON
• 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
For similar automata, see Bailly, C., Automata: The Golden Age, pp. 98 and 249.