Title: Automata The Golden Age, 1848-1914
Publisher: Sotheby Parke Bernet Pubns, New York, NY
Publication Date: 1987
Dust Jacket Condition: VG-
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Fine in a DJ which has been scored on the front panel, with some damage to the front DJ panel adjacent to the scoring. DJ now protected in mylar sleeve. ; Inscribed by the author on the ffep, dated 2/18/1988. To.With Best Wishes, Sharon and Christian Bailly. Title covers the Automata Industry of Paris, The Master Automaton-Makers (Theroude, Bontems, Vichy, Roullet & Descamps, Phalibois, Lambert and Renou). Facsimile reproductions of maker's catalogues (Vichy / Triboulet, Roullet & Descamps, Lambert) and a chapter on technical aspects of automata, including mechanisms, musical movements and restoration. More than 150 automata are illustrated in color photographs. Also includes many b&w plates. A fascinating and important work on the topic. Uncommon. ; 4to; 360 p.; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 34347
Synopsis: The automaton is the playful collaboration of the artist and the artisan, with sculpture, painting, music, costume, and mechanics all playing a part in its creation. In Automata: The Golden Age, Christian Bailly opens with a depiction of mid-19th-century Paris, where French automaton-makers lived and worked. There follow the little-known histories of the seven leading makers, from their establishment mid-century to the decline of production after the First World War. Here, for the first time, names, dates, and chronologies are accurately established to present a reference of inestimable value. In addition, more than 150 automata are photographed in color, with many more depicted in facsimile pages from vintage catalogs.
About the Author: Christian Bailly, a member of the Union Francaise des Experts, is based in Paris and has collected and restored automata for over thirty years.
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