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  • Scratchya Noggin

    AUTOMATA Joueuse de Tympanon - automate, via YouTube.

  • M Nguyen

    Joueuse de Tympanon - automate - YouTube. Watch this automaton! The Joueuse de Tympanon was built in 1772 (watch video) and presented to Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, then later restored by Robert Houdin in 1864. Houdin was renowned as an inventor, clockmaker and even as a magician, creating many mechanical marvels of his own. Some figures often simply mimicked the actions in time with a musical box inside the machine, but this automaton really plays the instrument.

  • Cristina Toledo

    @Jennifer Stuart, thought you might like this. La Joueuse de Tympanon - this amazing automaton was created in the 18th century for Queen Marie-Antoinette of France : Created in Germany in 1772 and restored by ROBERT-HOUDIN in 1864 after being damaged during the French Revolution.

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Marie Antoinette shoe

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