One of the most surreal automata by Vichy, the 'Fin de Siècle' moon is also one of the rarest. The model appears in the Vichy catalogue, circa 1900, and was continued by JAF in electric and coin-operated form well into the 1920s. The image of a smiling full moon was Henry Vichy's trademark during his time running the firm in the early 1890s, and it is likely that the model originated from this era. Judging by the handful of surviving examples, it was evidently produced in small numbers and possibly only for advertising purposes.
The automaton is in original unrestored condition. The motor is running, although the figure's movements are inoperative. The eyes are probably replacements. The face and the remaining hand retain their original paintwork in good overall condition. Two fingers on the right hand and the back covering of the head and pillar are missing; the top hat shown in the picture is not included.