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A mechanical automaton depicting The Lord's Supper attributed to Henry Phalibois; image credit on full record.
Another view of the Henry Phalibois attributed Lord's Supper automaton; image credit on full record.

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Automaton; Phalibois (Henry)?, The Lord's Supper, 69 inch.

The Lord's Supper Automaton attributed to Henry Phalibois, circa 1890, the automaton based on DaVinci's The Lord's Supper features Jesus and the twelve Apostles in period clothing moving as if in serious conversation at a long table set with pewter dishes and goblets, complex gearing and drives all powered by two 110 and 220 volt 60-cycle motors.

Note: This automaton was part of the traveling London Mechanical and Electrical Exhibition touring England, Europe, Australia, and reaching New Zealand in the 1920s. Details of this exhibition are featured in Rod Cornelius, Mechanical Music, July / August 2011, pages 32-35....[more information available via subscription]

p4A Item E8944348
Category:  dolls    Origin:  France
Type:  automaton & mechanical    Year:  1885 - 1900

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