French Musical Automaton "Little Girl with Surprise in Basket", Leopold Lambert

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20" (51 cm.) Standing upon a velvet covered base is a bisque-head doll with brown glass paperweight inset eyes, dark eyeliner, painted lashes, brushstroked brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth, pierced ears, blonde mohair wig over cork pate, carton torso and legs, bisque lower arms, in rose silk costume. With torso-attached domed-lid wicker basket. When wound and lever released, the girl turns her head side to side, nods, and alternately lifts the lid of domed basket to reveal a feathered bird which flits side to side, and then lifts her right arm to sniff the floral bouquet. Condition: generally excellent, mechanism functions well. Marks: Bte SGDG Tete Jumeau. Comments: Leopold Lambert, circa 1890. Value Points: charming automaton highlighted by beautiful dramatic large brown eyes.
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