French Musical Automaton "Peasant and His Pig" by Roullet & Decamp

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21" (53 cm.) Standing upon a velvet-covered wooden platform is a paper-mache head with gentle blue glass eyes,ruddy nose,open mouth with movable tongue,brunette mohair wig,carton torso and legs,wire upper arms,papier-mache hands,wearing a blue silk jacket and velvet striped pants,shirt,vest,bow tie,wooden shoes and woven tall hat. He holds a wine bottle in his right hand,and a pink piglet tucked in the crook of his left arm. When wound,music plays,he nods his head back and forth and side-to-side and,moving his arm,offers a drink to the piglet who jumps forward in delight. Condition: generally excellent,light face scuffs,right hand worn,mechanism and music function well; re-costumed in antique fabrics and with original costume included. Comments: Roullet & Decamps,circa 1880,shown in their catalog as model 295 "Paysan et son Cochon". Value Points: rare and amusing automaton with delightful activity,the piglet with his original plaid blanket.
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