L’Avocat

French musical automaton, ‘L’Avocat’ (The Lawyer), 1895-1905 L’Avocat – Made by Unknown (person) in France, c.1900 This is an automaton, a mechanical figure in the form of a barrister, which was made to move as if spontaneously through a concealed clockwork mechanism. Made around 1900, the barrister stands pompously behind a podium, opening and closing his mouth, blinking, tilting his head and moving his arms up and down, brandishing a written document. The device reveals…

Miniature Art: Historical Detail of Lawyers Chambers

  Patience and an eye for historical detail belongs to the creator of these detailed miniatures.     The barrister’s chambers and lodgings include chattels and comforts like law books, chaise lounge or day bed, crocheted knee rug or blanket. side table, wine in wine glasses, barrister’s trunk/chest behind bed head, wall sconce, candles, candle snuffer, tankard, fireplace, framed art and so forth.   A close up of the book-case with necessary law books, journals,…

The Ordinary Woman Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body

    As a lawyer you see it all … “the oily wheels of every fortune, the hideous wrangling of heirs over corpses not yet cold, the human heart grappling with the Penal Code” (BALZAC, Honoré de (1799-1850) : Le Notaire (1840). You also get your brain picked. A woman of my wisened age & dotage knows what it’s like living in a lawyer’s body … & gett’n her brain picked. Sometimes I want to…