French Musical Automaton "Chinese Tea Server" by Leopold Lambert, Rare Facial Model

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18" (46 cm.) Standing upon a velvet-covered wood base is a bisque-head adult lady with heart-shaped face and amber-tinted complexion, narrow brown glass inset eyes, dark eyeliner, long painted brown lashes and thick brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth with very full lips, pierced ears, black mohair wig in up-swept fashion over cork pate, slender carton torso and legs, wire upper arms, amber-tinted bisque forearms, wearing silk and brocade traditional costume. When wound, the lady elegantly turns her head side to side, then lifts the tea pot, pours and, then, extends the tray she is holding in her left hand. Music plays throughout. Condition: generally excellent, mechanism and music function well although a bit slowly. Comments: Leopold Lambert, circa 1888, with unique bisque head commissioned from Jumeau and sculpted exclusively for this luxury automaton model. Value Points: rare automaton with superb facial sculpting, expression and very fine luminous complexion, original tune label "Les Cent Vierges Valse".
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