French Bisque Musical Automaton "Little Girl Knitting" by Roullet et Decamps

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18" (46 cm.) A bisque-head girl with splendid blue glass paperweight eyes,lushly-painted lashes and brows,accented nostrils and eye corners,closed mouth,pierced ears,blonde mohair wig with original braids and curls,carton torso,hinged hips,wire upper arms,composition hands,antique costume of patterned silk satin,lace-edged velvet,undergarments,knit stockings,maroon satin shoes,is daintily-seated with crossed legs on a fine gold-leaf decorated spindle chair,her knitting in her hands; the vignette arranged on a velvet-covered flat base. When wound,music plays and the girl nods her head forward and back as though examining her knitting,while her hands and forearms twist to and fro in a realistic knitting movement. Condition: generally excellent,movement and music function well. Marks: Depose Tete Jumeau Bte SGDG 5 (and artist checkmarks). Comments: Roullet et Decamps,circa 1888. Value Points: especially beautiful face,wig,and costume,the movements are uniquely designed for charming knitting activity.
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