Antique German Juggling Clown Automaton
Early 20th century juggling clown realized in Germany with painted papier-mâché, resting on a paper lined base, equipped with a mechanism, to impress a fun movement.
Turning the key on the back, the clown performs a balance game by spinning three plates on three sticks using the hands and the head.
With glass eyes, this antique mechanical toy from the early 1900 is in good state of conservation, with minimal wear of the garments of the dress.
Of German origin, comes from a private Milanese collection. Automata have attracted the interest of the most refined collectors, since they were kept in the Wunderkammerns.
height: 33 cm
width: 17 cm
depth: 12.5 cm
Coconut cups became popular in the early 16th centuries as it was believed that the shell of the coconut would act as a natural defence against poison.
Coconuts, appreciated as exotic rarities and considered antidotes against poisons, met the favor of the great collectors, especially northern Europeans, who collected them in Kunstkammer as naturalia, but also, once carved and embellished with frames made of precious materials from part of great makers, like sumptuous collectibles. This item the cup was only polished and then inserted into the frame.