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Charming French Bisque Automaton"The Happy Baker with Kitten" by Leopold Lambert

Lot Number: 
90
20" (51 cm.) Standing upon a velvet-covered base is a bisque-headed doll with highly-characterized smiling expression,brown glass paperweight inset eyes,painted dark lashes and brows,accented nostrils,closed mouth in wide beaming smile with painted teeth,pierced ears,blonde mohair wig over cork pate,carton torso and legs,composition hands,original baker's costume,with wicker basket containing pastry,a linen cover embroidered"A La Renommee",and a frisky kitten. Condition: generally excellent,faint hairline at back of head. Marks: Depose Tete Jumeau Bte SGDG 4 (head) L.B. (key). Comments: Leopold Lambert,circa 1892,with uniquely sculpted bisque head created by Jumeau for Lambert,when wound,the doll turns his head side to side and nods,while alternately lifting and showing the pastry,and then lifting a ball of yarn with which he teases the kitten,music plays. Value Points: rare character head,original costume,amusing motion.
Realized Price: 
$8,500
Presale Estimate: 
6000/8000