Seller: musicaltreasuresofmiami (831) 100%, Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 164003520225 FANTASTIC & COMPLEX FRENCH AUTOMATON We are offering what is perhaps the most unique and complex musical automaton to be found anywhere. Made in France, c.1850, by Alexander Theroude, and featuring a praying monk in a grotto performing his religious prayers, while accompanied by a church gong and music from a Swiss music box. THE AUTOMATON: The performance begins with the monk sitting in his chair. Standing about 12" high, and with clothes hiding the numerous joints, from his articulated jaw, moving head, various arm motions, hip, leg, knee and ankle motions, etc., all coordinated beautifully via a complex series of 14 internal cams. Manually operated by means of a push button at the front, the monk rises to his feet and then kneels in front of the crucifix, gesturing with his hands, bowing his head and moving his mouth as if praying aloud. While the monk is praying, the "matins" church gong sounds. This is separate and distinct from the clock bell. Also, the waterfall at the left is running during the services. The entirety is wound via a (removable) hand crank at the front. THE CLOCK: The fine French clock, signed by Boviller of Paris, is an 8-day time & strike with platform escapement. The porcelain dial is 3.5" diameter and the clock strikes a bell on the hour and half-hour. It has been recently cleaned and serviced and runs perfectly. THE MUSIC BOX: A large Swiss-made, four-tune music box, also recently restored, in perfect tune and playing one song during each press of the side button. Wound with a (removable) crank on the right side. THE HOUSING: The large ebonized wood base measures 23" wide and is 15" deep, with bronze feet and ornate beaded trim. The "cave" housing the automaton is of paper mache, with various religious artifacts and accoutrements. Overall height is a stunning 34" high. PROVENANCE: This comes from the personal collection of renowned automaton expert and restorer Moe Goldy, who spent several years researching the piece and restoring it to original specifications. I personally observed the meticulous restoration process at his workshop and know first-hand how complex the inner workings are and Moe's determination to have everything running perfectly. It was one of the very last pieces in his collection before he passed away last year. musicaltreasuresofmiami - Musical Monk Automaton #5595 - YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo] This is by far the largest and most complex automaton we have ever offered and certainly the most unique. If you want something that absolutely no one else has, look no further! PACKING & SHIPPING: We know how to pack and safely ship this safely to your door, using fresh, new packing materials, not stuff salvaged from a local dumpster. We do our own packing and shipping, which means that it's done right! We have safely shipped items such as this to all corners of the globe. musicaltreasuresofmiami is a world-wide leading seller of antique clocks, phonographs, music boxes, and other fine items. We have many hundreds of other phonographs in stock. Please feel free to inquire if you are interested in seeing our collections. Musical Treasures of Miami2940 West Lake Vista Circle, Davie, FL 33328 Antique Music Boxes - Clocks - Phonographs "Total Satisfaction Guarantee"