Noël Gabriel Marie CRUCHET créateur de jouets
toys & automata maker, napoleonic PoW in England.
Marie Cruchet:prisonnier des anglais à Norman Cross pendant les guerres napoléoniennes.
|Marks: Cruchet Marie,Rue de Menilmontant,Paris (lettered on inside floor of base,and also stamped on interior works). Comments: Marie Emmanuel Cruchet,French,the artist and inventor was written about in the landmark French toy histories Les Jouet de France by Leo Claretie and Les Jouets... by Nicolle,with refernce to his imaginative and delightful pieces,which appear to have been made one by one,by himself. This present Magician example was made,possibly as early as 1830,as he is known to have worked during the period of Restoration,but certainly no later than 1840. (See The Encyclopedia of French Dolls,Vol I,page 161-163). Yet few examples of his works have even been absolutely identified with his signature,making this an important discovery as well as a delightful musical work.|