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The Agreeing Heart by Paul Spooner

January 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Agreeing Heart by Paul SpoonerIt’s not often that P. Spooner, the well-known European automaton maker, has a new idea for a Valentine’s Day offering. This year is no exception; he made one of these for a secret lover many years ago and almost forgot he’d done it.

Rugged carving and the painterly application of expensive pigments are complimented by the block of Heritage Hardwood on which the figure is mounted. The edition is strictly limited to 000009, nine being the number of hearts that could be drawn on the plank of lime wood that happened to be within easy reach.

As if the item itself is not mouth-watering enough, here’s a description of the box it comes in:

From flat to a finished box in seconds, the Snap Shut box is a Luxury style gift box made with a high quality rigid board. With strong magnetic closures, the lid sounds a pleasing snap when pressed shut.

Each box has a matt laminated finish paired with a beautiful ribbon tab to lift the lid open, this style ensures a classic, rustic style. The laminated finish on these boxes give them a smooth, flawless appearance as well as being very practical as this surface wipes clean if made dirty.

Furthermore, the piece is cocooned in multiple layers of acid-free tissue to ensure its safe arrival, a subtle reminder of the Fairytale wedding dress worn on her special day by the People’s Princess.

Dimensions H20 cm x W9 cm x D4.5 cm

Edition of 9.


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Johann Knopf: a machine with whirling birds by Paul Spooner

November 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Johann Knopf by Paul Spooner
A new edition by Paul Spooner.

Twelve wooden birds rotate on four axes in imitation of one of Johann Knopf’s drawings. Knopf, also known as Knüpfer, died in Wiesloch asylum in 1910. He was a patient of Dr Hans Prinzhorn, one of the first psychiatrists to become interested in, and respectful of, the creative works of his patients. Prinzhorn studied these works and preserved them in what is now one of the most significant collections of the art of the emotionally disordered.

The collection has over the years attracted the attention of many artists, most noticeably the Surrealists whose interest in the unconscious mind as a reservoir of new and refreshing thought processes drew them to the works of Prinzhorn’s patients. His book, which is translated as “ The Artistry of the Mentally ill ” sold very well in the Paris of the 1920s and 30s.
It often happens that people who are unable or unwilling to apply conventional reason in their everyday lives have a remarkable ability to produce highly organised artifacts. People such as Knopf make drawings of great beauty and precision, evincing insights and imagery that are often inaccessible to ordinary artists.
Ordinary artists (and even extraordinary artists like Max Ernst) have shamelessly appropriated these works for their own purposes. Unencumbered by considerations of art history and fashion, the products of the Geisteskranken appeal to these art robbers who,
hidebound by their own education, seek to assume the appearance of naturalness and spontaneity.

This mechanical homage to Knopf’s work lacks some of the elegance of his drawings but I hope to improve with practice.

Further reading:
Bildnerei der Geisteskranken, H. Prinzhorn 1922
The Discovery of the Art of the Insane, John M MacGregor 1989
Beyond Reason, Hayward Gallery (catalogue) 1996

Dimensions: H 330mm x W250mm X D250mm

Limited edition of 6.



“Die Herrlichkeiten das Schrot dem Jagdgewehr” Johann Knopf

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Summer by Paul Spooner

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Summer by Paul Spooner We are delighted to offer this seasonal one-off piece from Paul Spooner.

Size (mm) 250H x 200W x 80W

Price £1680

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Two dogs that meet on a regular basis

October 15, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Two dogs that meet on a regular basis by Paul SpoonerA new edition by Paul Spooner

As well as a useful tool in the teaching of mathematics, this tableau is an example of an environmentally responsible work of art in that some of the materials have been recycled twice.
The oak frame was once a bedside table belonging to a family living in Wallasey. It was then made into the case for an artwork called “Little Reinhold’s Wonderful Sausage Machine”. When that case was abandoned for a more active presentational format (see video), it was sawn apart and the bits used for the present edition of six canine rotisseries. Should a purchaser decide to destroy one or more of these items, we urge them to cut it up into even smaller pieces for the manufacture of say, clothes pegs, with a view to furthering their possible careers as cocktail sticks. The tails of the dogs are made from a boxwood folding rule once belonging to a man born in the Gorbals district of Glasgow in 1894. Only a few inches of this valuable material remain unrecycled. The dogs’ legs were harvested from an oak table top of unknown origin. All the other materials; wood, metal and paint finishes are from off-cuts or stock purchased before the current environmental concerns became urgent.

Height 20cm x Width 20cm x Depth 8cm

Limited Edition of 6

£695.00 (including VAT)


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The Stable by Lisa Slater

April 4, 2014 by · Comments Off 

The Stable by Lisa Slater

This eye-catching wall-mounted piece is from automata-maker Lisa Slater, who works in the creative community of Hebden Bridge, England.

‘The stable was created after a weekend stay on a farm in the Cotswold’s. I went out to photograph the stable block early in the morning and as I chatted to one of the horses other heads started to peep out one by one displaying various movements as they awaited their morning oats.
The horses are made from various wet timber woods with the bark attach to create variation in breadth and colour. Horse hair is used for the manes. The stable block is made from oak with sycamore doors. I like to work in woods to create horses, something about the unprocessed timber shows the life in the material. I keep my mechanisms simple focusing the works appeal in the quality of materials. So these chaps are just operated by a range of friction powered cams.’

To find out more about Lisa and her work click here:

Dims: Width 55 cm (including handle) Depth 10 cm Height 28 cm

£695 (excl. VAT)

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Fish by Richard Hackney

January 3, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Fish by Richard Hackney This beautiful fish by Richard Hackney is made from assorted found metals.
The piece is operated by a lever, and looks stunning from the front and back.

Height: 36 cm

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£1250 (excl. VAT).

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I feel, therefore I am by Paul Spooner

October 8, 2013 by · Comments Off 

I feel, therefore I am. by Paul SpoonerMade in the robotics division of P. Spooner Stithians following their catastrophic failure to produce Artificial Intelligence. Having recorded dismal scores in innumerable Turing tests, it was decided that Artificial Emotion might be an easier target to aim at. Confidence is growing that, after some development, one of these machines will be able to slip unnoticed into any gathering of humans, test the emotional temperature and produce the appropriate response.

Technical notes: Built on the same chassis as the successful line of four-faced machines such as the Fairy Shopkeeper and the Frog Princess, this model benefits from innovative Dyno-Prod technology enabling it to initiate its own emotional response.

Height 19.5cm x Width 13 cm x Depth 9 cm

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£650 (Excl VAT)

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Dyno-Prod I feel, therefore I am. by Paul Spooner


The Frog Princess by Paul Spooner

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The Frog Princess by Paul SpoonerThis is an elaboration of the four-faced mechanism. This time a door opens in the body to reveal a cylinder housing the flies.

215 H x 120 W X 60 D

One Only. SOLD

£650 (excl. VAT)

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“I started making this thing using one of the boxes I had ready for the other four-faced machines but I found that I couldn’t get enough movement in the door to reveal the fly satisfactorily. I made a slightly bigger box to accommodate the cam mechanism, then I found I had to make a new body for the frog. In the end only the head remains from the original effort. Now I’ve got all these parts left over. I’ll find a use for most of them.”

Four new one-off designs from Paul Spooner (SOLD)

August 29, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Four new one-off designs from Paul Spooner, all using the same ingenious escapement mechanism for turning the heads.

The mechanism is a kind of escapement. There’s a driving wheel constantly trying to turn the driven wheel which has four pins fixed vertically into its upper surface. A brass blade interferes with one of the pins, preventing movement until the flat on the driving wheel lets the driven wheel down enough to duck under the blade. The wheel is now free to turn but is then lifted so that its next pin is interrupted by the blade.

The Many Moods of the Cat-Fetish by Paul Spooner The Many Moods of the Cat-Fetish by Paul Spooner

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£435 (excl. VAT) SOLD

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The Man from Somewhere near Geneva by Paul Spooner The Man from Somewhere near Geneva by Paul Spooner

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The Kings of England by Paul Spooner The Kings of England by Paul Spooner

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A Fairy Shopkeeper by Paul Spooner A Fairy Shopkeeper by Paul Spooner

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