Bisque Automaton 'Young Girl with Mirror'

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20" (51 cm) overall. Standing upon a velvet covered wooden base is a bisque-headed doll with large brown glass inset eyes, painted lashes, brushstroked and feathered brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth with outlined lips, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, carton torso and legs, wire upper arms, bisque forearms. When wound and lever released the doll turns her head from side to side, alternately tossing kisses with her right hand and then looking into the mirror she holds in her left hand. CONDITION: Generally excellent. MARKS: Depose Tete Jumeau Bte SGDG 4 (and artist's marks). COMMENTS: Roullet et Decamps, circa 1890, the doll appeared in their catalog as number 217, described as throwing kisses and looking in the mirror. VALUE POINTS: The flirtatious young girl wears her original red silk costume with lace trim, bonnet, mirror, shoes; the mechanism and music function well.
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