292 . Wonderful French Bisque Bebe by Leon Casimir Bru in Original Festival Costume with Very Rare Signed Bru Shoes
293 . French Mechanical Musical Automaton "Polichinelle with Cymbals" by Leopold Lambert with Original Paris Store Label
8" (20 cm.) An elaborately woven basket with loop handle and silk ribbons hinges open at the center to reveal a well-fitted interior featuring two all-bisque black babies with painted features, jointed arms and legs and red silk sashes. The dolls are tucked in with folded ribbon lines, tin wash rubs, and three cardboards with gilt paper edging, each with an arrangement of accessories including combs, soaps, mirror, beads, and even two tiny, tiny black dolls. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: for the French market, circa 1890. Value Points: a fabulous presentation is preserved in fine unplayed with condition.