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Autoperipatetikos

Object Number: 
1937.1217
Date: 
ca. 1862
Medium: 
Ceramic, textile, paper, leather, metal, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 x 8 3/4 in. ( 22.9 x 22.2 cm )
Marks: 
printed: around edge of base: "Patented July 15, 1862 ; also, in Europe, 20 Dec. 1862 ."
Description: 
Walking doll with bisque shoulder head, yellow molded hair, blue painted eyes, closed mouth, and pink tinted cheeks; torso and skirt form made of fabric glued to stiff backing (possibly cardboard) concealing clockwork mechanism underneath, with hole at side of form for key; biscuit-colored, short-sleeved shirtwaist with purple ribbon sash and gathered skirt sewn on at waist, over stiff form; brass leg casings shaped like boots extend from bottom of "skirt."
Gallery Label: 
The mechanism was patented in 1862 by Enoch Rice Morrison. Most of the dolls made under this patent were apparently manufactured by Martin & Runyan, a New York firm, but Caroline Goodfellow conjectures that others were probably made by several people (See Publications).
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group