Roullet et Decamps Leopard Automaton Video
Michael and Maria Start have been performing high-quality restorations of automata and singing birds for 12 years. I love the action of the this creeping leopard by Roullet et Decamps.
Michael Start is a trained Horologist, winning several awards for his practical and theoretical clockwork.
Maria Start is a trained sculptor and artist, specializing in perfect color matching and replacement body parts. Maria uses traditional techniques and materials, with authentic papier mache and gesso recipes.
Visit their site entitled AutomatomaniA.
You can learn a bit about the restoration of antique automata in the a chapter of the book Automata: The Golden Age.
Seen on the MAKE blog