Lot No. 578 (94th Auction)
Swiss, Height 780 mm, circa 1870

An important automaton with figures and marvellous playing musical movement that plays various arias by Verdi "The tightrope dancer"
Case: wood and gold painted hard plaster, textile, glass dome. Dial: enamel. Movm.: circular brass full plate movement, 2 barrels. Musical Movement: mechanism works on demand, large pin cylinder, governor, vibration blades. Automaton mechanism: on demand, drive via barrel and governor.

The scene sits on a richly carved oval base: four music-playing animated figures in costume are arranged under a tree; between them is a tightrope with a female artist with her balancing pole who moves body and head to the music. A grotto and a waterfall are implied in the background.
Estimate  10,000 - 30,000 €
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