Officially labeled "Buddha Phonographes Artistiques" , this rare phonograph was patented in England and France in 1924 by Gonzalez de Yrarrazazeel. It was manufactured by Andia, a manufacturer of novelty phonographs with horns in the shape of Asian figures, notably the Buddha and the Asian Scribe. The company was based in Paris & Bruxelles and was the frontrunner of the popular wireless novelty entertainment movement. The case is made of composition (paper, resin, and possibly plaster) and painted in the chinoiserie-style. All details are original, and the machine plays perfectly! The photographs show how the piece is assembeled; it is quite simple to put together and take apart to play (it plays all standard 78 records, as well as the Pathe records with a special needle. The dimensions are 17" in height, 15" in width, and 12" in depth. In mint condition, this is an exceptional phonograph for that very special collector! Pickup is certainly encouraged if you are in the area, otherwise shipping is quoted from UPS based on regular ground service; if you wish to use another service just let me know and we'll work it out.
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