This is the sound of an 18th century bird box by Jaquet Droz. The owner had never heard it sing until our restoration:
“Automata are mechanical objects endowed with life by ingenious means.”
The House of Automata is a specialist automata company run by Michael and Maria Start, an award winning trained Horologist and a skilled Sculptor and Painter respectively We run a busy restoration workshop in Forres, Moray and have a showroom in Edinburgh, Scotland.
We have in depth knowledge based on 25 years experience restoring and conserving fine automata both antique and modern.
Our clients are many and varied and include collectors, auction houses, the media and museums.
BUYING/SELLING – Automata and Mechanical Singing Birds.
HIRE – We hire Automata and Horology to the film industry.
TALKS – We present a range of talks & demonstrations.
EXHIBITIONS – With a large stock and an important collection of automata we mount our own interactive exhibitions and loan automata to museums and galleries.
ADVICE – We are passionate about our subject and are happy to give advice on any automata question, just send us an email with pictures if possible.
100 videos of Automata in action – YouTube channel
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