Roullet et Decamps Cat Playing A Harp musical automaton
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We are pleased to offer for your consideration an extremely rare Cat Playing A Harp Musical Automaton made by Roullet et Decamps in Paris, Frace, circa 1878.  This marvelous kitten appears in the Roullet and Decamps circa 1878 catalog on page 6 (see photo #10).  The catalog page is shown on page 278 in Christian Bailly's book Automata The Golden Age 1848 - 1914The cat measures an impressive 14 1/2" tall to the tip of his ears and 13 1/2" front to back.  The clockwork mechanism works very well and the motor is strong; the music box is not missing any teeth.  When wound, this wonderful fur covered cat will move his head from side to side and nod up and down to his audience as he strums the strings of the harp with both front paws; All the while the 36 tooth going barrel music box inside of the cat continuously plays a wonderful tune. Be sure to watch the video above!  The original winding key is still present.  The winding shaft is on his right side just above his hip and the start/stop pin is in the center of his back.  The cat has a carton body that is covered with real fur.  He has glass eyes, composition paws and nose. The wood harp has an old repaint.  There is a trap door in the center of his stomach allowing for oiling and servicing of the clockworks.  There is scattered loss to the fur on the body, head, and legs as is typical with these old automata, but he is in overall very nice condition.  This is the first Cat Playing A Harp automaton we have ever seen.  This adorable kitty will make an excellent addition to any automata, cat, or music box collection!   PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOM FEATURES AS WELL AS WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE FOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THIS EARLY AND RARE ROULLET et DECAMPS AUTOMATON.

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ROULLET and DECAMPS CAT PLAYING A HARP ANTIQUE MUSICAL AUTOMATON

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