Automaton figure


British Museum

British Museum

Table ornament or cup; silver parcel-gilt; huntsman, dressed in late 16thC costume; holds boar spear and leads small dog by curb chain; hat with feather and one side turned up; gauntlets, half-boots and ruff; removable head; oval stand covered in fern-like branches and lizards in full relief; iron clock-work movement within stand which works three wheels on which the whole figure rolls; inscribed.

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  • Title: Automaton figure
  • Date Created: 1617/1620
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 31.20cm; Height: 27.00cm (figure); Length: 26.30cm; Length: 20.70cm (base); Width: 12.80cm (base); Weight: 1505.00g
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: parcel-gilded; relief; stamped; chased; burnished
  • Subject: hunting/shooting; arms/armour
  • Registration number: WB.134
  • Production place: Made in Nuremberg
  • Producer: Made by Ritter, Wolf Christoff
  • Material: silver
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Bequeathed by Rothschild, Ferdinand Anselm. Previous owner/ex-collection von Rothschild, Anselm
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