Randell Page automaton

£625.00

We had the pleasure of speaking with his son Peter Randell Page who is one of the world’s leading artists. A selection of his public sculptures can be found in many urban and rural locations throughout the UK including London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge and his work is in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery and the British Museum amongst others.

Description

Randell Page scratch-built tea advertising automaton c.1940

We are proud to offer a unique example of a mid-20th Century scratch built English tea advertising automaton. This item is a complete one off, made using found objects including adverting labels, rope, carved wooden sections, hand painted detail and all the mechanism that animates this item. Once switched on using a (D) sized battery, the character holding the cup of tea simply swings back and forth, illustrating an upper cut to the beefy looking character who looks quite dazed. The figures are made from carved wood as is most of the boxing ring, the corner man throwing in the towel is hand painted as is all the surface of the item. A fun, humour and brilliant simple piece of folk art, scratch built, English adverting with a great history.

Background: Made by Charles Randell Page for The Tea Bureau in the 1940s. Charlie was born in 1909 and worked for the Ceylon tea company as an illustrator and advertiser. He was also an inventor and produced several dioramas and automatons that featured in English museums in the mid- 20th century. Charles also worked for the festival of Britain and produced a few illustrations for the comic PUNCH, a respected illustrator in the adverting world. He was in the merchant navy as a young man were his creative passion flourished. We had the pleasure of speaking with his son Peter Randell Page who is one of the world’s leading artists. A selection of his public sculptures can be found in many urban and rural locations throughout the UK including London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge and his work is in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery and the British Museum amongst others. Peter told us of his times as a young child, helping his father in his shed to create similar examples as the item advertised. A nostalgic walk down memory lane as we discussed this piece and other similar his father made, Peter told us that his passion for art and eventually becoming an artist was all down to his supportive father that inspired him in many ways.

Dimensions in inches: H 15” x W 18” x D 4”

Age:1940

Material: wood

Origin: United Kingdom

Item Condition

This item is completely solid in structure and form, aging has taken place over all the surface, which is what gives this item its decorative look. Faded painted surfaces and lithographic paper rough around the edges but surprisingly still in working order. If you are unsure of specific areas of this item, we strongly suggest you propose question before a purchase is made to avoid any confusion or disappointment.

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