Fernand Martin or Victor Bonnet Merry Violinist
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We are pleased to offer for your consideration this wonderful antique clockwork toy titled “Le Gai Violiniste” or Merry Violinist.  It was made by the famous toymaker, Fernand Martin or his successor, Victor Bonnet & Cie. in Paris, France.  Victor Bonnet acquired the company in 1919 and this antique wind up toy was most likely made during his ownership since the hat does not have the FM logo stamped on it as do the early circa 1897 ones.  This little clockwork Gai Violiniste is in fantastic condition!  The paint on his face and hair is the best we’ve seen and his original jacket and pants are near mint without any of the usual moth holes!  His jacket still has the collar on it.  There is a bit of paint missing from his left hand/fingers where he’s holding his violin (this is very common on this hand), but the rest of the toy shows only scattered spots of paint missing; overall, the paint is very nice.  His top hat has some staining, mostly on the sides and back.  When wound, he moves his right arm that holds the violin bow side to side causing the bow to move across the violin as if he were playing it.  He performs this movement continuously as his whole body vibrates and he moves about a bit.  The wind up mechanism is showing its’ age, and will sometimes slip or pause unexpectedly (please see the video).  Fernand Martin based his toys on the sights he saw on the streets of Paris and on the current events of the day.  He is famous for his “Little People” that he created that captured the life and spirit of the city of Paris in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  This Merry Violinist is a wonderful portrayal of a street musician of the day!  If you are a collector of Fernand Martin’s Little People or early European wind up toys, this would make a great addition to your collection!  PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOM FEATURES FOR BEST DESCRIPTION.

 

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FERNAND MARTIN VICTOR BONNET Gai Violiniste or MERRY VIOLINIST

Price: $675.00
Availability: SOLD