Contemporary Musical Automaton Portrait »Putin Ecrivain« by Christian Bailly, 2014
Depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin signing the "Treaty of Acceptance of the Republic of Crimea into the Russian Federation" on 18 March 2014. Seated at rosewood writing desk with quill pen and a battery-powered brass lamp, with single-air going-barrel movement in body, maker's "Olympia" ink-stamp and brass key signed "C.B.", height 20 in. (51 cm), base 12 in. (30 cm) x 17 ¾ in. (45 cm). Inspired by Gustave Vichy's automaton "Pierrot Ecrivain" of c. 1895, Bailly portrays the Russian president at work on the document at his desk. A unique contemporary automaton depicting a significant political event.
Estimate: € 25,000/35,000
US$ 31,500/44,100
Reserve: € 18,000 /US$ 22,680
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