预估价：€ 6000-8000 欧元
起拍价：€ 5400 欧元
布雷克拍品等级是为了方便竞买人判断拍卖品的成色而设置的。布雷克等级用1到6级来标注外观和功能的成色，(从非常好到非常差)。 在目录图册里用括号里的2个数字来表示，前一个数字表示外观成色的级别，后一个数字表示功能成色的级别。如(3/2)表示外观成色是3(满意的)，功能成色2(好)。 成色 定义参照下列标准： 1 - 非常好 (未使用过，没有使用痕迹) 2 - 好 (新，极少的使用痕迹) 3 - 满意的 (普通的使用痕迹) 4 - 及格的 (明显的使用痕迹，某个非主要部件是后配的) 5 - 有缺陷的 (极明显的使用痕迹, 某个主要部件是后配的，功能上有缺陷，需要修理) 6 - 非常差 (严重破损, 缺少重要部件)
Depicting an eccentric gentleman with composition character head, original paint (light retouch on tip of nose), fixed brown glass eyes, mohair wig, bisque hands holding pince-nez and cane, articulated neck, arms and telescopic legs, dressed for Summer weather in pinstriped silk trousers, rose satin jacket, waistcoat and trilby hat, on painted wood and card base modelled as a pavement, the going-barrel mechanism with Renou key and start/stop driving two pulleys and a single-air cylinder movement, 17 in. (43 cm) high retracted, 20 in. (51 cm) high extended. – One of a series of "metamorphic" automata by Louis Renou, whose work often incorporated a surprising element in scenes of everyday life. Here a mercurial individual raps his cane impatiently while consulting a street thermometer through his pince-nez. As the temperature rises, so does the man, until he is as tall as the thermometer itself. When the temperature reaches 100 degrees, he lowers the pincenez, his neck extends from his collar and he tilts his head back in amazement. The temperature drops abruptly back to 25 degrees and the gentleman, too, returns to his original height. – A rare and humorous automaton, in working order!