VC9019GC: Musuem Quality/Whistler
Black Forest Whistler Clockwork Automaton from Santa Barbara Museum of Art Circa 1920s-1930s. This is a beautiful hand carved wooden working automaton clockwork toy, originating from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. It dates circa 1920s-1930s. Beautifully carved and attributed to Griesbaum. This fellow resembles a young lad of the period, who has painted black shoes, a painted red and white polka dot knapsack, and an umbrella. His clothes have been highly detailed with carved and painted accents.His face is very well carved and colored. There is a small chip of wood missing at the base, in the back, otherwise, I think he is in near mint condition. He has a clockwork mechanism in back with a wooden door. There is a key to wind the mechanism and he moves his head side to side and whistles, as if headed for some fine adventure or a day at the beach with his lunch. He measures 8" tall. The base at the back is almost 4" across. Please click here to view additional magnified photos and click on your BACK button in your browser to return to this page.
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