Marie Antoinette, Dulcimer Player

La Joueuse de tympanon,” Queen Marie Antoinette musical automaton created by watchmaker  Pierre Kintzing (1745–1816) and cabinetmaker David Roentgen (1743–1807), presented to King Louis XVI in 1784. The French queen purchased it the following year. From the collection of the Musée des arts et métiers de Paris. Video via the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

h/t: Sadie Stein


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