Looking Under the Skirt of Marie-Antoinette


In 1772 Peter Kintzing, a watch-maker, David Roentgen, a furniture maker, plus 24 other artisans, created this automaton whose features strikingly resemble those of Marie-Antoinette. The rumor has it that the hair on the doll is that of the queen, and its dress is a miniature replica of one of her dresses. The doll plays music of Christoph Wilbald Gluck, the queen’s favorite composer, and the intricate mechanism that allows the execution of eight pieces of music is located inside the tiny (45 cm) body; this is probably why there is one more unexpected feature of the android — to apply the key, we have to lift her skirt.

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