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Automaton 'Whistling Man', carved and painted timber with clock work mechanism, most likely Swiss, 19th century. 44 cm

A large antique French singing bird cage, automaton music box, c.1900, with gilt metal and brass bird cage case; the base carved and gilded with applied ormolu work. Height 59 cm. Base: 28 x 29 cm

A French musical automaton clock of birds in a tree, late 19th century modelled with four birds tweeting and moving amongst the boughs of a wirework and fabric tree, the natuarlistically modelled rocky landscape with a turning glass rod to one side simulat

A 19th century automaton, Pierrot Serenading the moon, Gustav Vichy, Paris, France, circa 1890, the figure dressed in a waistcoat and cap, perched on the crescent of the moon, the moon listening intently with moving lips and eyes as Pierrot plays his mando

Swiss automaton tortoiseshell & enamel singing bird music box the bird with, red, blue, iridescent green & orange feathered plumage, moving bone beak, head, wings and tailfeather, the bird reflected in highly polished lid interior, the lid top with full en

A fine German automated music box with a singing bird in a cage. The bird with original feathers is sitting above a tree, the mechanism is brass and steel with key wind up below

A singing bird automaton, German, the single automated bird perched on a stand entwined with delicate foliage, within a brass cage mounted on a brass etched base decorated with geometric motif on four baluster feet 25 cm high

A painted cast iron novelty door stop and a small singing bird automaton in cage the automaton 14 cm high, the door stop 21 cm high

A fine Regency musical automata clock by James Smith, circa 1820. In a mahogany case with an eight day fuse movement and verge escapement, hour strike and twelve bells; the arched brass dial with subsidiary dials for tune sections and strike silent, the au

A double singing bird automaton in cage one bird standing, the other resting on a perch, within a brass cage with a loop handle, 51 cm high

Coin operated mechanical singing bird, 55 cm high. French

A late 19th century French gilded automata of birds in a cage A/F (penny in the slot)

A German silver singing bird cigarette box, early 20th century, profusely chased with fancy birds amongst foliate scrolls, the hinged cover with applied marcasites birds with ruby paste eyes, concealing the singing bird, the hinged sides opening to reveal

A French 19th century automaton birds in cage not in working order A/F. Height 28 cm

Aolian Orchestrelle: impressive ballroom player-organ circa 1912, housed in a stunning walnut case with carved fret work and Corinthian columns. Highly prized in their day these instruments retailed for £400 and were a personal favourite of notables such a

Brass bird cage automaton clock, mechanical one day movement, the bird moves side to side as the central, clock dial rotates keeping hourly time. Height 14.5 cm

A singing bird in gilt metal cage, French, 19th century. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney

A German 'Singing bird' automaton music box. Early 20th century, the rectangular case with enamelled decoration, together with original bird. Provenance: A bequest from Sir Arthur Gordon Rylah (1909-1974), to his daughter and sold by her executors.

Automaton: Antique clockwork seated sailor with rocking head and moving eyes; original cotton cloth uniform and hat; papier mache head and limbs with hand painted finish. Mechanism in good working order with key, needing some restoration to the appearance.

A rare enamelled metal automaton clock, American, circa 1900?, with Ansonia works. 41 x 27.5 cm

Shop Window Display automaton of a Drunkard, French, probably by Roullet and Decamps, circa early 20th century, the man dressed in top hat and tails and spats, white painted 'Gloved' composition hands, painted articulated face, blue glass eyes, holding a w

A Rare Renou Musical automaton of Little Girl with Puppet Theatre, French, circa 1900, the bisque head with partly legible red stamp 'Depose Tete Jumeau', with open mouth, fixed brown eyes, pierced ears, later blonde wig attached to cork pate, later blue d

A large rectangular gilt metal Caged singing bird automaton Presented in a naturalistic setting, one bird perched above and another below within a gilded cage, supported on a squared base with a winder to one side, 48 cm high.

A small cylindrical gilt metal Caged singing bird automaton, presented in a naturalistic setting, the fine feathered bird perched within a gilded cage, 28 cm high.

A small rectangular gilt metal Caged singing bird automaton, presented in a naturalistic setting, the fine feathered bird perched within a gilded cage, 28 cm high.

A Swiss musical birdcage automaton, modern, Reuge music, Saint-Croix, of typical form, the silvered domed circular cage containing two birds, one on a perch, on a plinth base decorated with a pierced cast metal frieze of foliage, putti, and birds, winder a

A 1950s clown automaton, with composition head, dressed in a green and red clown suit holding an umbrella and balancing on one hand, probably by Pelham, mechanism requires attention. Height 52 cm

A late 19th French Bonthems singing birds in cage automata with a whistling bird on a perch with wagging tail, head turning from side to side and another bird seated on, the ground, in a gilt cage on moulded wood rectangular base, 57 cm high. Provenance: M

A Swiss movement tortoiseshell singing bird box, mid 19th century, the tortoiseshell and silver gilt rectangular case with a central hinged oval lid engraved with little birds in flight, opening to reveal a brightly coloured animated singing bird 10 x 6.5

Victorian automaton of two caged singing birds. Brass cage with a red and a yellow bird perched on a small branch, birds sing and chirp and move either head or tail. Height 28.5 cm

Victorian automaton singing bird in a cage, c. 1900 rare penny-slot operated working model. Bird of metal, textile, feathers and wood seated on a perch with leaf decoration. Cage raised on a wooden octagonal base with drawer to collect pennies. Large origi

A rare brass and slate automaton locomotive clock, English, circa 1880

A Victorian singing bird in a gilt metal cage, French 19th century, 53 cm high

A German 'Singing bird' automaton music box late 19th/early 20th century, the rectangular case with ornate filigree decoration, together with original bird shaped key. Width 10.5 cm

A French mahogany and gilt metal mounted singing bird automata, 20th century, with a bird on a perch with wagging tail, head turning from side to side and whistling, another bird seated on the ground, the case raised on a base with gilt mounts, coin slot a