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JEU DE LA PECHE
(France, c. 1890s). A delightful children’s game in which one catches cardboard fish with metal rings in their mouths using fishing poles equipped with magnets. The round cardboard “fish pond,” fifteen inches in diameter with slots for the fish, is lithographed and hand-colored with lily pads, ducks, and frogs. It rests on a music box, in working order, and revolves as it plays. A cardboard surround with a rural scene has two oval holes through which to fish. The mise-en-scéne is completed with a folding three-piece backdrop, showing a farmyard. All are housed in a nineteen-inch square wooden box covered in embossed gilt-trimmed paper. The side of the box folds down to expose the musical mechanism and to store two boxes of fishing equipment with pictorial lids. One, marked “Pêche Miraculeuse,” contains the fish and some other things to catch, like an old shoe. The other, marked “Engins pour la Pêche Miraculeuse,” contains the turned wooden fishing poles, magnets, and string. The outer box lid, also lithographed and hand-colored, shows a whimsical fishing scene, with details like mice playing hide-and-seek. The box and a couple of the fish game pieces show some wear, else a fine, complete set.
      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
Last Found On: 2013-07-20           Check availability:      Biblio    

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