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Lot: 39. Rare French Musical Automaton "Turc Fumeur",Known as Narghile Smoker,by Lamber

25" (63 cm.) Seated cross-legged on a velvet-covered wooden platform is a dark complexioned Turk wearing exotic costume of silks and velvet with metallic trimmed slippers and red turban,having brown glass paperweight eyes,and original finish on his paper-mache head,leg and hands. He holds a coffee cup in his left hand and the mouthpiece of the pipe in his right.Movements and Music. After winding,one would fill the hookah with pipe tobacco,then activate the movement to create a necessary vacuum,and finally light the tobacco. The smoker looks side-to-side,raises the mouthpiece and bends his head as if to inhale,motions back and then exhales. He intersperses his smoking with raising the coffee cup to his mouth for a sip. The figure smokes through a kidskin bellows that pulls the pipe smoke from a tube leading up to his right arm and expels the smoke from a tube leading to mouth. The piece contains the fully original clockwork mechanism with a musical movement playing "Ca c'est une chose" and "C'est Paris"; both music and mechanism function superbly. Leopold Lambert,Paris,circa 1890,model #28 in the Lambert catalog,named "Turc Fumeur",and likely designed to appeal to an affluent international tourist such as a visitor to the 1889 Paris International Exposition.

Realized Price: 18000


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