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Lot 93

Tony Mann, 1927-2013, Drummer, a hand-operated automaton, painted wood, tinplate, wire, signed...

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Lot 93

Tony Mann, 1927-2013, Drummer, a hand-operated automaton, painted wood, tinplate, wire, signed...

Price Realised: £572

Estimate: £150 - £250

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

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Lot 93


Tony Mann, 1927-2013, Drummer, a hand-operated automaton, painted wood, tinplate, wire, signed and dated Tony Mann '97, 36.5cm high, 22cm wide, 9cm deep; together with two pieces by the same artist, comprising: Fiddler and Cat, hand-operated automaton, painted wood, wire, signed and dated Tony Mann '88, approx. 24cm high, 22cm wide; 11.5cm deep; and Juggler, a hand-wound automaton, wood, wire, beads, applied metal stars, bearing label for Kristin Baybars to underside, 22.5cm high (3)

Sir Nicholas Goodison noted:

Drummer: Pressing on the two levers causes the drummer to drum. A skilled lever-pusher can set up a rhythm. The drummer is truly military and never changes his expression. His regiment has not been identified, but the hat should give a clue.

Fiddler and Cat: The fiddler fiddles and the cat dances. The cat looks spontaneous, but doesnt have much choice, being driven by the same turning wire as the fiddler. Tony Manns work is characterised by the use of rough woods, recycled materials, simple mechanisms and bright colours.


Drummer: Purchased, Tony Mann, at the British Toymakers Guild Exhibition, Chelsea, January 1998.

Fiddler and Cat: Purchased, Kristin Baybars, London, May 1992. Exhibited, A Collectors Collection, Strawberry Hill, June-November 2014.

Juggler: Purchased, Kristin Baybars, London, December 1991.

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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