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Lot: 6. French Musical Automaton "BergŠre Watteau" by Jean Roullet

24" (61 cm.) A bisque-head lady with refined portrait modeling is posed standing upon a velvet-covered stand,having brown glass paperweight eyes,closed mouth,brunette human hair,bisque shoulder plate,carton torso and shapely legs,bisque forearms and hands,wearing a superb silk costume in the 18th century style,with matching bonnet and silk ruffle-edged apron,and holding a shepherdess crook. Appearing to be held in her right hand is a woven lidded basket is which is tucked a little lamb; the basket is actually attached to her torso by hidden metal rods. Movements and Music. Her head turns as though gazing at her flock of sheep while she lifts her crook to guide them along. Meanwhile the lid of her basket lifts,as though the baby lamb is just awakening. The lamb's head peeks out,turns side-to-side,and his mouth opens and closes. The shepherdess turns and nods at the baby lamb,gestures her crook tenderly as though to say "go back to sleep". The lamb bleats and tucks back into the basket. The lid closes. There are six movements and one tune. Jean Roullet,Paris,circa 1880,with commissioned bisque portrait head from the doll factory of Emile Jumeau,marked "Depose Tete Jumeau Bte SGDG 7". The automaton,known as "Shepherdess with Lamb" appeared in an early Roullet catalog named BergŠre Watteau in homage to the French painter Jean-Antoine Watteau whose early 18th century romantic paintings had idealized the French countryside. In variations of the automaton,the lamb was substituted by a baby goat,and the crook by a bouquet of flowers. $15,000/21,000

Realized Price: 15500

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