Automatic Toy Works Tin-Automata Clockwork theatre with two dancers and gentleman in window,

Item number: Theatre (31939)

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Category: Automatic Toy Works




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Manufacturer: Automatic Toy Works
Kind of toys: Tin Automata
Item-Nr.: Theatre
Year: ca. 1870-1880
Size: (LxWxT in inch) 7" x 6" x 9"
Results: B Z3+ 6.018,00 2010; B Z3+ 2-714,00 2014

Description:
Clockwork theatre with two dancers and gentleman in window, attributed to Automatic Toy Works. A most unique toy featuring a house with a gentleman peering out the upper window while the white and the black dancers do a jig. The facade of the house on the first floor has a dual lithograph on paper of a young man dancing while the two dressed figures protrude from the front by means of wires, the dancers standing on a lithographed paper base with a simulated paper lithographed roof. The goateed male patron of the arts looks down from above in a benevolent and approving manner. When the clockwork is activated, the dancers alternate their motions while the male patron looks from right to left. The clockwork mechanism is contained within a painted tin box which is directly behind the front facade. Believed to be one of two known examples existing today!

Picture from: Photo courtesy of James D. Julia auctioneers Fairfield ME www.juliaauctions.com + www.bertoiaauctions.com



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