»Ernest the Poet« Musical Automaton by
Michel Bertrand, Switzerland, 1982
Based on a Vichy automaton c. 1890, with plaster-composition head and hands, blue glass eyes, articulated "dancing" eyelids and lower lip, massive going-barrel movement driving eight cams and two-air cylinder movement, height 35 in. (89 cm), with brass key, 
"acorn" stop/start, maker's brass plaque and paper label. 
An iconic contemporary automaton by the late Michel Bertrand. 
Provenance: Ex-collection of Jerry Steinbaum.

Estimate: € 12.000/18.000
US$ 15,400/23,000
Reserve: € 9.000/US$ 11,520
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