Automata: The Golden Age 1848-1914
The "Golden Age of Automata" saw many small family-based companies thriving in Paris. From their workshops they exported thousands of clockwork automata to the rest of the world. These French automata are collected today, and, although rare and expensive, they attract collectors worldwide. This book highlights the master French automaton makers: Bontems, Lambert, Phalibois, Renou, Roullet & Decamps, Theroude, and Vichy. There are also sections explaining how the mechanisms worked and featuring facsimile manufacturers' catalogues.
- Publisher: Sotheby's Publications
- Edition: n/a
- Date Published: 1987
- Place Published: London
- ISBN: 0856673455
- Condition: Very good +
- Signed: No
- Dust Jacket: Yes
- Jacket Condition: Fine
360 p. 32 cm. Over 150 colour photos and numerous b&w photos, many from period trade catalogues. Red cloth hardcover with pressed-on photo and gold and black impressing. In mylar-covered dustjacket. Light wear to lower edges. Former owner's label on front free endpaper.