Musical Automaton Organ Grinder by Gustave Vichy, c. 1880 With rare bisque character head modeled as a man with open-closed mouth and two rows of painted teeth, moulded moustache, incised lines, brown paperweight eyes, shaded eyelids and feathered brows, standing behind a model barrel organ with brass pipe aperture, the going-barrel movement inside playing two airs as the figure cranks the organ, looks from side to side and nods his head left and right as though watching the miniature dolls…
Early German musical automaton, organ grinder with dancing dolls, from a series of figures created for village scenes depicting all the persons and activities of a bustling small village. When wound, the grinder turns the organ handle at the side, the two pairs of dancing figures twirl about, and music plays. Late 18th, early 19th century.
Klumpe Gardening Gal
French Musical Automaton "Little Girl Playing with Polichinelle" by Leopold Lambert