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French Musical Automaton "Bunny in the Cauliflower" by Descamps

Lot Number: 
259
8" (20 cm.) A white-fur-covered papier-mache bunny is hiding inside a papier-mache container in the shape of a cauliflower with colorful fabric leaves and cotton cauliflower florets forming a lid. The bunny has amber glass eyes,hinged ears and mouth,and when the automaton is wound,he slowly arises from his hidey-place in the cauliflower,pushing the lid open,twirls about as though checking for danger,while his ears and mouth twitch,and music plays. Condition: generally excellent,mechanism and music function well. Comments: Descamps,circa 1920. Value Points: an unusual variation of the bunny in the cabbage theme,with amusing action.
Realized Price: 
$3,500
Presale Estimate: 
1200/1800