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The Automatic Dancers

Object Number: 
INV.5285
Date: 
ca. 1865
Medium: 
Wood, paper, glass, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 x 9 x 7 5/8 in. ( 25.4 x 22.9 x 19.4 cm )
Description: 
Miniature marionette stage with two marionettes; stage composed of trapezoidal box with open front revealing five mirors arranged in semi-circular formation; marionettes hang from threads attached to wire above which is moved by mechanical works behind the stage; marionettes have jointed bodies and are painted with clothing and facial features, female marionette has fabric skirt; front of theater covered with paper with lithographed images of king and queen in stylized sailboat, cherubs, and scrolling acanthus leaves.
Gallery Label: 
The first of many patents for clockwork toys (No. 46,997) was issued to J.M. Cromwell, of New York, NY, on March 28, 1865 (See Publications).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group