Lot: 2. French Musical Automaton "Bebe Jeu de Grace" by Leopold Lambert
19" (48 cm.) Standing upon a rose-velvet-recovered wooden platform is a bisque headed girl with brown glass paperweight inset eyes,artistically painted features,closed mouth,pierced ears,blonde mohair wig,carton torso and legs,restored bisque forearms She is wearing her original somewhat-worn silk and lace dress with maroon silk ribbons,matching bonnet,shoes and socks. She is holding two maple-wood sticks (baguettes) with velvet-covered handles and,positioned on a wire frame in front of her so as to appear to be flying in the air,is a chenille-velvet-covered hoop (coronne). Movements and Music. The girl turns her head from side-to-side as though watching the movements of her hands and the hoop. She flicks her wrists side-to-side,trying to capture the hoop onto the sticks,while the hoop moves back and forth,as though she is playing the French traditional garden game jeu de grace. Music plays,En revenant de la Revue according to the original tune label. Leopold Lambert,circa 1886,the automaton appeared in the Lambert catalog as #8 Bebe Jeu de Grace,with rare model bisque head marked "Depose Jumeau 4". The automaton gracefully depicts the popular 19th century garden game,and its movements and music function well.
Realized Price: 6000
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