Antique Walking bear automaton by Roullet Descamps


 

A rare antique walking brown bear automaton, by Roullet & Decamps,
 
French
 
circa 1900
 
R & D company catalogue number 76,
 
A touch of animal magic...
 
When wound by key-wind single-spring motor and actuated by sliding start/stop lever to his back, the bear turns his head from side-to-side, opening and closing his mouth, and walking forward with a growl produced by a friction disc from the motor.
With glass eyes, carved and sharply cut bone teeth, painted ebonised feet. 
  
9.1/2in. tip to toe, 6.1/2in. toe to head - (24.1 x 16.5cm)
 
Point of interest -
 
Renowned for their creations of animal automatons, this cute and cuddly antique bear is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a toy.  This is an adult piece which would have been placed on the table after dinner to enthrall the host's invited guests.

 

STOCK No1406
AVAILABILITYIn stock
PRICE£1,850.00
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