Lot 3
  • 3

Gustave Vichy

Estimate
30,000 - 40,000 USD
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Description

  • 'THE DRUNKARD'
    A RARE MUSICAL AUTOMATON
    CIRCA 1900

  • Wood
• the figure with papier mâché head, dressed in a fitted wool suit, pleated  shirt, felt hat and leather shoes, seated with bottle in one hand, the other resting on the back of a park bench, performing the following sequence of motions: he raises the bottle to his lips, lurches from side to side, his arm slides along the bench back while the right leg moves side to side, his chest rises and falls to simulate inhaling and exhaling, his eyes open and close, he then wobbles on the bench and finally falls asleep • the music and automaton work contained within the body • with two control levers for start/stop, the winder terminating in Vichy's signature Acorn

Provenance

Sotheby's New York, December 15th-16th, 1989

Catalogue Note

A nearly identical figure is part of The Guiness Collection, Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey and illustrated in Bailly, C., Automata: The Golden Age, pp. 88 and 266.

The present lot is considered to be one of three known examples of drunkards created by Gustave Vichy.

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