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Lot 108

Robert Race, b. 1943, Jumping Puffin and Jumping Blackbird, both wood, plain and painted...

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Lot 108

Robert Race, b. 1943, Jumping Puffin and Jumping Blackbird, both wood, plain and painted...

Price Realised: £117

Estimate: £50 - £80

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

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Lot 108


Robert Race, b. 1943, Jumping Puffin and Jumping Blackbird, both wood, plain and painted bamboo, feathers, approx. 49.5cm high puffin, 50cm high Blackbird; together with Crocodile Flapper, painted wood, silk cord, approx. 20cm long; and various toys, experimental prototypes, invitation pieces and gifts by the same artist, including: Whirly Fish, wood, painted plastic, plastic, paper cotton, approx. 27cm wide; Invitation autumn oak leaf, coloured wood, cotton, the leaf inscribed Robert Race Moving toys & Automata Quaker Gallery and on reverse Preview Mon 3rd Jan 6.00-8.0 pm Please come, approx. 9cm wide; and Reindeer, wood string, pins, coloured paper, inscribed Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2010 with Best wishes from Robert & Thalia, approx. 22.5cm wide (lot)

Sir Nicholas Goodison noted:

Jumping Puffin and Jumping Blackbird: The puffin, being a short piece of bamboo leaps up the twig as the springy bamboo lever is lowered and released. To reach the top would be too ambitious. The same for Jumping Blackbird.

Whirly Fish: The whirly fish is one of a number of toys of its type designed and made by Robert Race. Its teeth and fin give it a shark-like look. The shaft through the body with its paper propeller at the rear revolves as the fish is whirled on the end of the cotton thread attached to a 39cm painted wooden stick. This whirly fish and No.506 were experimental prototypes. The fishs body is made from a yoghurt bottle.

Invitation autumn oak leaf: This was Robert Races invitation to an exhibition of his work at the Quaker Gallery in 1994. Although not a toy in itself it is a neat bauble with the characteristics of a plaything. The leaf inscribed Robert Race Moving toys & Automata Quaker Gallery and on reverse Preview Mon 3rd Jan 6.00-8.0 pm Please come.

Reindeer: For many years Robert Race and his wife Thalia have sent Christmas and New Year greetings to their friends in the form of small toys made by him. This is the 2010/11 greeting. Shaking the rod causes the reindeer to leap forwards and settle backwards as if it is making a real effort to run.


Jumping Puffin and Jumping Blackbird: Purchased, Robert Race, British Toymakers Guild Fair, Kensington, January 1992.

Crocodile Flapper: Purchased, Robert Race, December 1992.

Whirly Fish: Purchased, Robert Race, December 1992.

Invitation autumn leaf: Sent by Robert Race, December 1994.

Reindeer: Gift from Robert and Thalia Race, Dec 2009.

Note: Robert Race, b.1943, exhibits his moving toys, automata, and kinetic sculpture in Britain and internationally.He is a member and past Chairman of the British Toymakers Guild. His work often incorporates a wide range of natural, re-used, and recycled material to make objects which move in simple but interesting ways.

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

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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.

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