French Bisque Musical Automaton "Little Girl at the Toilette Table" by Lambert

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20" (51 cm.) overall height. 16" doll. Arranged upon a wooden platform with green velvet cover edged with ball fringe, is a dressing table with silk and lace skirt and ruffles, oval mirror and various toiletry notions. A bisque-head doll with blue glass eyes, mohair lashes, painted lashes and brows, open mouth, four porcelain teeth, blonde mohair wig, pierced ears, carton torso and legs, wire upper arms and bisque forearms, wearing original rose satin dress with bead trim, undergarments, matching slippers, is standing at the table, a powder puff in one hand and a hand mirror in the other. When wound, she turns her head to the right, blinks her eyes open and closed, and lifts her arm to powder her nose, repeats several times, then turns to the left, blinks eyes again, nods forward and lifts her left arm to gaze into the mirror. All the while, music plays. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 1300-6 Dep Wimpern (doll). L.B. (key). Comments; Leopold Lambert, circa 1895. Value Points: charming vignette with dainty and realistic movements, functions well, beautiful music and motion, This exact automaton is shown in The Encyclopedia of French Dolls by Theimer, page 335.
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