Rabbit in a Cabbage
Rabbit in a Cabbage musical automaton made by Roullet and Decamps of Paris, circa 1890. The rabbit rises from the papier mache cabbage, raises his ears, chews franticly and then suddenly disappears back into the cabbage as if startled.
The Rabbit in a Cabbage rarely appears for sale This example is in particularly good working order and is guaranteed by us to remain so for five years.
The clockwork mechanism has been serviced, the fur covered rabbit has the original fur and the cabbage its original leaves in the correct shape and texture for this iconic automaton.
The leaves have the correct patina of 130 years, which means some fading, and the effects of coal fires and many generations of careful handling are evident. The texture and shape of the leaves have survived very well. This rabbit has not been locked away in a box but has been used and admired. A happy rabbit with a bright cheerful romantic tune which is familiar (I can’t quite put my finger on the name of it?).
Strangely amusing and instantly popular with all who see it. Complete with its original distinctive circular R&D key.
Size: 11 inches high (29cm).
£2000 (including postage to the UK)
The House of Automata are happy to guarantee this antique automaton’s working order for five years (UK only).