39 . French Bisque Musical Automaton "Pastry Chef with Surprise" by Leopold Lambert with Rare 203 Art Character Face
17" (43 cm.) Bisque head with flat-cut neck with swivel attachment to matching shoulderplate, oval-shaped face with high domed forehead, painted blue eyes in deeply set sockets, dark upper eyeliner, grey eyeshadow around the eye, arched brows, aquiline nose with accented nostrils, closed mouth with impressed lip corners, shaded ears, blonde mohair curly wig on cork pate, stretched-kid over wooden body with dowel-jointing at shoulders, elbows, hips and knees, bisque hands with artfully sculpted cupping, wearing antique gentleman's woolen costume with shirt, tie, woven undergarments, black socks, leather shoes, and beaver opera top hat. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: French, circa 1867, from an exceptionally rare series of dolls likely created for the Paris 1867 International Exposition; only six other examples of this model are known including an example costumed as the Princess de Lamballe, sold by Theriault's in the 1996 auction A Fully Perfected Grace. Value Points: outstanding quality of modeling and bisque on this extremely rare model, wooden body with bisque hands.