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Lot: 20. French Mechanical "Strolling Peacock" by Decamps

8 1/2" (22 cm.) A realistically modeled peacock has an interior structure comprising metal carriage that brackets the clockwork mechanism and is,in turn,enveloped by a well-contoured paper-mache bird-body,then covered with iridescent green and blue peacock plumage and having yellow glass eyes. The peacock rests upon realistic-looking metal legs,and the peacock can be aided in its walk by two hook-shaped metal supports from behind. Excluding the feathers,the bird is 8 1/2"h. When the tail is down,the length is 20",but when the tail fans out,the dimension blossoms to 23"wide and 18"height. Movements. With alternating leg movements,the peacock gracefully moves along while turning its head,and finally the tail fans out,and then returns to resting position. Decamps,the model appeared in a Decamps catalog as model 100,circa 1910.

Realized Price: 2750

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