London, South Kensington
19 September 2007
A Rouellet & Descamp musical drinking polar bear automaton
covered in white fur, clear and black glass eyes with brown painted backs, velvet lined mouth with bone teeth, carved wooden clawed feet and hands, standing on hind legs holding a brass bottle and cup, the clockwork mechanism causing the the bear to pour a cup of liquid from the bottle, lift to his mouth as the bear tips his head back and then close his mouth, whilst the music plays, early 20th century --16in. (40.5cm.) high
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For this actual bear see The Teddy Bear Hall of Fame - A Century of Historic Bears, by Michele Brown, page 77; and The Little History of the Teddy Bear, by Michele Brown, page 12.
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