Whistling Automaton by
Henry Phalibois, c. 1900
With papier-mâché character head, blue threaded eyes with articulated "dancing" eyelids, mohair lashes and blonde mohair wig. On circular velvet-covered base containing the large going-barrel movement with intermittent stop/start, bellows, whistle and cams. The figure whistles two lifelike tunes in two settings: 
continuously and pausing for a few moments between tunes. 
In original blue velvet suit and beret, height 33 in. (84 cm), 
with key. Good working order, a rare and iconic model!
Estimate: € 8.000/12.000
US$ 10,200/15,400
Reserve: € 7.000/US$ 8,960
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