Our site uses cookies to optimize your experience. By continuing, you're providing your consent. Learn more by viewing our Privacy Policy Ok

French Gilt Bronze Automaton "Mandarin Magician" by J.F. Houdin with 16 Surprises 18,000/27,000

View Item in Catalog
 
  Lot #76  (Sale Order: 76 of 303)  
Sold for: $29,000.00 to onsite
"Tax, Shipping & Handling and Internet Premium not included. See Auction Information for full details."

Payment Type:

Payment Type: Please Add / Select Card

Theriault's

Shipping: Get Estimate

Internet Premium : 14%
See Special Terms for additional fees
Cash Payment Discount: 2%
Location: New York, NY


 
Description Terms of Sale
Item Description: Translate description
9" (23 cm.) A heavy cast bronze Mandarin magician with elaborately-sculpted costume in traditional style and having impressed designs, earrings, moustache, and cap is standing behind a gilt bronze table with star and fringe accents. Music and movements are wound separately, and the music can be elected to play alternate tunes, repeat, or can be played separately without the movements. When wound, the Mandarin nods his head, and in a series of movements lifts both magic domes atop his table or only one; meanwhile the secrets under the domes are alternately revealed: cups, dice, cones and such, or, sometimes, nothing. The table cover can be removed by two screws at the back to reveal the spring barrel automaton movement. The automaton is resting upon an inlay rosewood base which contains the music box. Condition: generally excellent as shown, music and motion function well, the automaton originally rested atop a bronze clock, but here, instead, the automaton is resting atop the inlaid musical base. Comments: J.F. Houdin, Paris, circa 1836. Value Points: extremely rare and early automaton of luxury production and superb state of preservation, very elaborate movement with 16 hidden surprises that are alternately revealed.

Unable to retrieve AutoCheck Summary Report, please try back later.


Summary Vehicle History Report below provided by AutoCheck.

AutoCheck® vehicle history reports deliver information on reported accidents, odometer rollback, lemon vehicles, branded titles and much more.

AutoCheck found record(s) for this   


VIN:

Style/Body:

Engine:


Get the full report to learn more:

Know the exact vehicle you want? One report may be all you need.  Single Report $24.99

Researching more than one vehicle? Run as many reports as you like for 21 days Unlimited Reports for 21 Days $44.99
This item is part of Many Wonderful Things
 Saturday, Nov 19, 2011 | 11:00 AM  Eastern
 
Print This Page

French Gilt Bronze Automaton "Mandarin Magician" by J.F. Houdin with 16 Surprises 18,000/27,000
French Gilt Bronze Automaton "Mandarin Magician" by J.F. Houdin with 16 Surprises 18,000/27,000
Lot number: 76
Seller: Theriault's
Event: Many Wonderful Things
Ends: Saturday, November 19 | 11:00 AM  Eastern

Message: 500 characters remaining

Cancel