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Lot 96

Tony Mann, 1927-2013, Carousel Merry-go-round, a hand-operated automaton, painted wood, wire,...

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Lot 96

Tony Mann, 1927-2013, Carousel Merry-go-round, a hand-operated automaton, painted wood, wire,...

Price Realised: £416

Estimate: £120 - £180

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 96


Tony Mann, 1927-2013, Carousel Merry-go-round, a hand-operated automaton, painted wood, wire, feathers, 34.5cm high, 24cm wide, 24.2cm deep, together with two other pieces by the same artist, comprising: Flapper dragon, painted wood, feathers, signed Tony Mann to underside, 20.7cm long, 5.2cm wide; and Chorus Line, wood, feathers, signed Tony Mann, approx. 20cm high, 34.5cm wide (3)

Sir Nicholas Goodison noted:

Carousel Merry-go-round: a single workman appears to be turning the roundabout, with the real driving handle being at the other end of the shaft. Four people are riding the steeds, two men on birds with feather tails and two women riding cows. Mann enjoys working with bright colours.

Flapper Dragon: The highly decorative Chinese dragon opens his upper jaw when the toy is waved up and down. A group of flappers would make quite a noise and add to the excitement of a Chinese festival.

Chorus Line: The can-can dancers sway in unison to left and right, as they should, through the hand operation of the two parallel levers on which they are mounted.


Carousel Merry-go-round: Purchased, Hitchcocks, Somerset, June 1993.

Flapper Dragon: Purchased Tony Mann, August 1993.

Chorus Line: Purchased, Tony Mann, January 2000.

Note: Tony Mann, 1927-2013, worked for 20 years as an industrial designer before turning his creative energy into automata. Each is a one-of-a-kind piece and show his love of bright colours.He was voted Toymaker of the Year by the British Toymakers Guild for both 1987 and 1988.

Roseberys do not guarantee the working order of any automata or toy.

Buyer's Premium

The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

VAT is not charged on the hammer price unless it is stated that there is 'VAT applicable on the hammer price at the end of the description. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT.

Qualifying living artists and the descendants of artists deceased within the last 70 years are entitled to receive a re-sale royalty each time their work is bought through an auction house or art market professional.

It applies to lots with hammer value over £1,000 as follows:
0 to £50,000 - 4%
£50,000.01 to £200,000 - 3%
£200,000.01 to £350,000 - 1%
£350,000.01 to £500,000 - 0.5%
Exceeding £500,000 - 0.25%
ARR is capped at £12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

Export of goods

Buyers intending to export goods should ascertain whether an export licence is required before bidding. Export licences are issued by Arts Council England and application forms can be obtained from its Export Licensing Unit. Details can be found on the ACE website www.artscouncil.org.uk or by phoning ACE on 020 7973 5188. The need for import licences varies from country to country and you should acquaint yourself with all relevant local requirements and provisions before bidding. The refusal of any such licences shall not permit the cancelling of any sale nor allow any delay in making full payment for the lot.

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