Description: L'Arbre a Pain Automaton - cat playing cello music box. I love automatons. This one is especially precious, with his furry tail, shoes, and such a face! There is wear and an old repair on the cello, but the cat seems to be be very good. I love the music it plays. Reuge music box is always my preference. Plays Haydn's Serenade and Boccherini's Minuet.
Country of Origin: France.
Size: 13 1/2" tall; 6" Wide; 8" Deep.
Condition Report: Working condition. Plays and moves.Cat moves his hand to 'play' the cello. One string is detached; the other string attached only on one end. Their has been repair to the cello's neck. In need of cleaning. Plays Haydn's Serenade and Boccherini's Minuet.
About L'Arbre a Pain - The designers’ love for animals had led them to build a fantasy world, creating human-like animals imitating life. They have used the mechanics to give birth to a soul endowing their animal world with charm.
Their works continue the path opened up by the literature with Aristophane’s zoomorphism, the Romance of Renard, Granville, Theile… and inspired by the great designers of automatons who have endeavored to create life since Antiquity.
Each character was entirely made at the workshop, making them unique and authentic creations. They are moulded and painted, the costumes are tailor-made with ancient materials, lace and appliqué. In order to perpetuate the French tradition of automaton designers, the mechanics are based on a system of cams. Each silver-soldered brass component was manufactured at the workshop.
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