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H10220 Musical automaton, African minstrel, papier mache / wood / metal / fabric / animal skin / glass / paper, made by Decamps, France, c. 1865-1920. Click to enlarge.

African minstrel musical automaton

Made
Musical automaton: African minstrel, papier mache, wood, metal & fabric, Decamps, France, c.1865-1920.

Automaton of a African minstrel, papier mache head, fixed brown glass eyes, shaped nostrils, painted mouth solid body, bisque arms. Playing cymbals and drum, fixed on a mechanical music box. covered in silk velvet, dressed in mistrel costume and hat, made by Descamps, France, 1865-1920 (AF).

Figure of African minstrel playing cymbals and drum, standing on cylinder music box covered in silk velvet; papier maché head with brown glass eyes; sold body with bisque arms; red and yellow striped silk trousers, yellow silk tail coat, cream silk shirt and top hat with gold braid trim; red silk ribbon tie and small black silk ribbon bows on black shoes; wooden drum with parchment one side and brown paper on other; metal cymbals.

Summary

Object No.

H10220

Object Statement

Musical automaton, African minstrel, papier mache / wood / metal / fabric / animal skin / glass / paper, made by Decamps, France, c. 1865-1920

Physical Description

Musical automaton: African minstrel, papier mache, wood, metal & fabric, Decamps, France, c.1865-1920.

Automaton of a African minstrel, papier mache head, fixed brown glass eyes, shaped nostrils, painted mouth solid body, bisque arms. Playing cymbals and drum, fixed on a mechanical music box. covered in silk velvet, dressed in mistrel costume and hat, made by Descamps, France, 1865-1920 (AF).

Figure of African minstrel playing cymbals and drum, standing on cylinder music box covered in silk velvet; papier maché head with brown glass eyes; sold body with bisque arms; red and yellow striped silk trousers, yellow silk tail coat, cream silk shirt and top hat with gold braid trim; red silk ribbon tie and small black silk ribbon bows on black shoes; wooden drum with parchment one side and brown paper on other; metal cymbals.

Dimensions

Height

590 mm

Width

230 mm

Depth

270 mm

Production

Made

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1984

Acquisition Date

1 May 1984

Cite this Object

Harvard

African minstrel musical automaton 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 November 2020, <https://ma.as/231225>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/231225 |title=African minstrel musical automaton |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=24 November 2020 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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