7 . Automaton
36" (91 cm.) Posed upon a velvet-covered wooden stage with flowered arbor forming a background scene,is a paper-mache moon-faced dandy with over-size head,movable glass eyes,movable thick brows,mouth with broadly-beaming smile and inserted pipe,brunette human hair curls under a gold-silk party hat,carton torso and legs,wire upper arms,papier-mache hands. He is costumed in rich silks and velvets in an 18th-century style court costume. When wound,a wonderful series of events occur,while several different quality tunes are heard: he turns his head to and fro while simultaneously; his eyes "flirt",his brows move up and down and his hat moves up and down. He leans his head forward,and lifts the glass cane that he holds in his right hand,twirling it,and smokes pipe. Condition: generally excellent,mechanism and music function well. Comments: the "Moon-Faced Dandy" was designed and created by Michel Marcu of France,circa 1980 on special commission for Aaron and Candy Spelling.