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Antique Roullet & Decamps Elephant Automaton C1880-1890 Original & Working For Sale
A stunning Roullet & Decamps elephant, complete with original Roullet & Decamps key.
In full working condition (as can be seen in the video below).
Incredibly rare and beautifully made,
Walks forward and trunk moves up and down.
It is the feature of the trunk movement which sets this one apart from other examples of this automaton that I have seen over the years. Roullet & Decamps did make a similar version of this which didn't have the trunk movement which I believe was a later model.
I am a collector of Roullet & Decamps automatons and unfortunately I am having to gradually sell off my collection, please keep checking back from time to time as I will be selling others.
It took me an awfully long time to build up my collection and I can assure you that all of my Roullet & Decamps automatons are genuine.
This one is in particularly good condition, measuring approximately 20cm tall by 10cm wide and 27cm trunk to tail
"Roullet et Decamps, one of the most versatile and creative of all the Paris automaton makers, was in business for more than 120 years. Its remarkable accomplishments began in 1866 with mechanical toys, then musical automatons, and finally, in the first years of the twentieth century, electric automated displays for store windows.By 1995, when the firm closed its doors for the last time, the craft of the automaton maker was recognized as a cultural asset worthy of preservation. The French government established a state-of-the-art museum in the village of Souillac"
"Roullet-Decamps was not the only automaton maker to build these displays, but the artistic quality and mechanical ingenuity of its creations won many awards, and its successes continued long after its competitors had dropped out of the field."
"All who appreciate and value the art of the automaton maker should be grateful to those who had the vision and wisdom to save the wonderful Roullet and Decamps collection and preserve it for present and future generations.." - quoted from cite-automate
I am an independent seller and unfortunately I do not have a shop but please feel free to message me with any questions that you may have and I will endeavor to answer them as promptly as I can.
Thanks for looking and please see my other listings for more exceptional and beautiful antiques!
Please note that buyers are expected to pay within 4 days unless they have contacted me to request otherwise.