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All-Original French Musical Automaton "Little Girl with Surprise" by Leopold Lambert

Lot Number: 
29
20" (51 cm.) Standing upon a velvet-covered platform is a bisque-head child with large brown glass paperweight inset eyes, lushly painted lashes and brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth with shaded and accented lips, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, carton torso and legs, wire upper arms, bisque forearms. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Depose Tete Jumeau Bte SGDG 3 (head). La Czarina (paper tune label on base underside). Comments: Leopold Lambert, circa 1890. The little girl appears to hold a paper mache Easter egg (which is actually attached by hollow metal rod to her torso). When wound, she lifts her right hand to sniff the flowers she holds, then lifts the basket lid with her other hand, revealing a tiny feathered bird. All the while music plays. Value Points: all-original condition, with beautiful soft wig, couturier costume from the workshops of Lambert, and with enchanting activity and music.
Realized Price: 
$5,500
Presale Estimate: 
7500/9500