39 . French Bisque Musical Automaton "Pastry Chef with Surprise" by Leopold Lambert with Rare 203 Art Character Face
17" (43 cm.) Bisque socket head, dark blue glass sleep eyes which operate from a lever at back of head, painted lashes, thickly brushstroked brows with feathered detail, rose-blushed eyeshadow, accented eye corners and nostrils, slightly parted outlined lips, two rows of tiny porcelain teeth, pierced ears, brunette mohair wig, French composition fully jointed body. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: J. Steiner Bte SGDG Paris Fre B 11 (head) (original Steiner label on torso and signed J. Steiner eyes). Comments: Jules Steiner, circa 1885. Value Points: most endearing boy with beautiful decoration of eyes, wire lever eye movements, original signed body, wonderful antique teal blue silk costume with elaborate metallic trim, antique boots, carrying brass bugle. Ex-Lucy Morgan Collection.