The Queen’s Android Marie-Antoinette’s dulcimer player, forerunner of the robot. Date: 1784, Paris, musée des Arts et Métiers This famous android was a collaborative effort by two Germans. Clockmaker Peter Kintzing created the mechanism and joiner David Roentgen crafted the cabinet; the dress dates from the 19th century. Automatons were in circulation and aroused much curiosity. Roentgen probably sent the tympanum to the French court and Marie-Antoinette bought it in 1784.