7 . Automaton
13" (33 cm.) A bisque-head lady with swivel head and bisque shoulder plate,cobalt blue glass eyes,dark eyeliner,delicately-painted lashes and brows,closed mouth with curved center accent line that projects a gentle smile,ears pierced into head,blonde mohair wig in ornate braided chignon over cork pate,carton torso attached to tin cone-shaped base,metal hands,is costumed in original mauve and ivory silk gown with gilt metallic braid and lace trim,and is connected with a bisque-headed gentleman of equally-refined features,elongated face with aquiline nose,blonde mohair wig. The cone "skirt" hides an internal mechanism,which when wound,causes the dolls to twirl,glide and "waltz" in a realistic manner,while music plays. Condition: generally excellent,mechanism and music function well. Marks: Brevete SGDG Theroude Paris (metal plate on base). Comments: Alexandre Nicolas Theroude,Paris,circa 1865,this automata is shown in Faszinierende Welt der Automaten by Annette Beyer (1983),ex-Marianne Bodmer collection before its acquisition by Candy and Aaron Spelling. Value Points: superb and rare early automata whose elegant movements are rivaled by stunningly beautiful faces and original elaborate costumes,with provenance.