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Rare French Decapitated Man Automaton by Phalibois of Paris

This is a whimsical and entertaining automaton by one of the most famous makers of automata, Phalibois of Paris, dating to the late 19th century. The automation depicts a large man enjoying a bottle of  Veuve Clicquot champagne while holding an umbrella. As the umbrella tilts forward, the man’s head will disappear and magically reappear in the barrel next to him. The man’s wayward head will be reunited with his body as the umbrella lifts for the second time. His performance is also accompanied by a lively music box in the base.

This automaton is the only one of its kind in the world, and has survived since 1875 in remarkable condition. The element of surprise, along with the comical character makes everyone laugh with delight when he is performing.

The automaton and musical movement have received a full restoration and comes with a one year warranty.

Including the base; 36″ High x 17″ Wide x 13″ Deep.

Circa 1875

SKU: DBAS 11 $125,000 $79,000 Inquire
If you would like to purchase this item or learn more about it, please click on the Inquire link above or phone the Renaissance Showroom at 805-688-1976, open seven days a week from 10 to 6.

  • French

  • Rare Decapitated Man Automaton
  • By Phalibois of Paris
  • Cylinder Music Box in Base
  • Automaton and Cylinder Movement are Fully Restored with A One Year Warranty
  • 36″ H x 17″ W x 13″D with Base
  • Circa 1875