A working automaton of a fully-clothed couple copulating on a bed in a bedroom. French from around the early 20th century. Clothes on the man and woman indicate late 1800s or early 1900s style. In a red paper and cardboard box with two doors and two mesh curtains that move aside on a rod. Interior is lined with white hand painted wallpaper and lace on a shelf. Includes original key. When key is wound, the couple... do the deed.
There is a full sheet of music pasted to the back of the box, Martini's "Plaisir d'Amour," which is also the melody for Elvis's hit "Can't Help Falling In Love." It is highly likely that the music box once played Martini's tune. It no longer plays, sadly.
These two look like this is neither pleasure nor love, but rather like they are merely "Doing it for France..." We are still researching this item to find out more about its origin. Inquire below to see a video of the automaton working!
The interior is in amazing condition. The two doors are a bit loose at the hinges, and the latch wire was shortened at some point. As mentioned, the mechanism for the automaton works but the music box no longer functions. Other than that, the usual wear and tear of age and use.
It measures 13 3/8 x 11 x 6 and weighs 4 lbs 8 oz.