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Automaton 'Little Girl with Polichinelle' by Renou

Lot Number: 
93
16" (40 cm) overall. A bisque-headed girl with blue glass paperweight inset eyes, lushly painted lashes, brushstroked brows, accented nostrils and eye corners, closed mouth, shaded and accented lips, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, carton torso and legs, wire upper arms, bisque forearms, is standing upon a maroon velvet covered base. Wearing a rose satin dress with ivory satin trim and crystal beads, matching bonnet and slippers, the doll holds a hankie in her right hand and the string to a Polichinelle in her left hand. Polichinelle wears his original blue and gold silk costume and hat, lace trimmed, with characteristic humps. When wound, music plays and the doll alternately nods her head forward while dabbing her eyes with her hankie, then tries to "revive" her fallen Polichinelle, then repeats the movement. CONDITION: Generally excellent, mechanism and music function well. MARKS: (artist's checkmarks on back of head). COMMENTS: Renou, circa 1895, with bisque head by Emile Jumeau. VALUE POINTS: Superb original condition of the amusing automaton, with original perfectly preserved costume, Polichinelle, base, and original wooden packing box.
Realized Price: 
$9,000
Presale Estimate: 
6000/8000