Rabbit in a Lettuce
Made by Roullet and Decamps of Paris , circa 1890 also known as ‘Rabbit in a Cabbage’. This musical clockwork Rabbit rises up from the Lettuce, turns his head, chews franticly and raises his ears. The Rabbit then suddenly disappears back into the Lettuce as if startled. The Rabbit is a memorable and amusing character and instantly popular with all who see it. An heirloom piece to charm the generations. Supplied in a modern presentation box.
The clockwork mechanism has been overhauled and serviced, the tune played is delightful and suits the rabbits actions perfectly. The real fur covered rabbit has original whiskers and glass eyes. The rouched leaves show gentle fraying in places and some glue spots from the original hide glue on leaf edges, Marks and blemishes are not intrusive and are in keeping with the 130 years since it was made in the Marais district of Paris. The leaves are bright and unfaded and the automaton is wound by an original French bow key. Importantly both fur and leaves are entirely original and the automaton works perfectly.
The R&D catalogue entry shown in the gallery dates from 1911.
Size: 11 inches high (29cm).